Paris - The Long Climb To Sacre Coeur
Photograph - Photo Art
When I began my climb to see Sacre Coeur, I was well aware that there was in fact a funicular (a train that goes uphill) to reach the top. But I couldn't imagine taking the train. Certainly I'll give a pass to the infirm, but any photographer or simply a person who enjoys the view would take the long way. And it was certainly the path I would choose again. Each new set of stairs and each landing was yet another new vista of that incredible domed church.
Sacre Coeur (translates as Sacred Heart) is a beautiful white travertine stone church built over a number of years around the turn of the 20th century. It somehow feels older, perhaps the Romano-Byzantine architecture? But as European churches go, this is still quite young, yet I'd say it's already entered into a Landmark or Iconic status. Certainly I was far from the only person making that climb as you can see in this photo. Even on a cold yet mostly clear January day, there were plenty of people up for the climb to see the church that sits on the highest hill in the Parisian neighborhood of Montmartre.
When it came time to edit this particular photo, I felt there was a classic feel to it that made me go in a textured vintage direction. I wanted it to feel like an old print or perhaps even a slightly dinged postcard from the bottom of grandma's trunk, a reminder of long ago travels to Paris.
August 28th, 2012
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