Paris, about seven years ago, I wanted a nighttime photo of Sacre-Coeur church in Montmartre because I had seen one in a book. I thought I wanted it to be people free. But after getting there and seeing the silhouettes against the white marble church, I thought this was a better point of view. On both nights we ventured up there, there were many Parisians and tourists who congregate on these steps and look over the skyline of Paris. It's quite beautiful.
Sacre-Coeur was built on top of the hill in Montmartre. It is the second highest point in Paris. It is built in the Romanesque-Byzantine style and it was dedicated to the sacred heart of Jesus Christ, the symbol of the divine love Jesus has for humans beings.
One of the most impressive things about Sacre-Coeur is its whiteness, almost shiny look from a distance. The white stone comes from the quarries in Souppes. The white marble is very resistant to water. The rain does on penetrate the stone and the stones release a substance called calcite that cleans the stone and enables it to keep its white color.