Even if it is one of the most emblematic places of Paris and one of the most visited of the capital, the Sacré-Coeur has never been classified as a historical monument until now. This should change soon since the Council of Paris has just given its approval to the procedure, before perhaps one day the site will also be registered with UNESCO.
The Sacré-Coeur is this magnificent basilica built on the hill Montmartre, in the 18th district of Paris, just after the war of 1870 and the Commune.
Perceived as both a political and cultural monument, built after a national subscription led by the government of the time, it has not stopped arousing controversy throughout its history. Some saw it as the “symbol of the expiation of the crimes of the Communards”.others a an “obscurantist symbol of the Catholic moral order”. to the point where there are still today some illuminated people, surely followers of the Cancel culturewho are still asking “the total demolition of the basilica as a Versailles wart.
Fortunately, once the site is classified and therefore protected, the spirits and sterile controversies should finally calm down…
Other news about Paris and its suburbs
The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and other Parisian landmarks more energy efficient
Whether it’s the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and other Parisian museums, public buildings or even Versailles, the lighting will now stop at 22:00 (23:45 for the Eiffel Tower). This is part of a plan to reduce energy consumption by 10% in the city of Paris and its suburbs.
Paris welcomed this summer as many visitors (or almost) as before the Covid
The summer of 2022 has been a good vintage in terms of tourist attendance. For the whole of the Ile de France region, and Paris in particular, the figures are indeed almost back to what they were before the pandemic.
The Eiffel Tower still as popular on Instagram
Without too many surprises it is the famous Parisian monument that remains the most taken and taken again at the global level on Instagram. It is ahead of the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai and the Grand Canyon in the United States.
Plenty of hotel projects for Paris, Nice, Bordeaux and a few other cities
Tourism and the hotel industry are doing quite well these days. So much so that in the next three years, France should see 150 new hotel projects and some 18,000 rooms in cities like Paris, Marseille, Bordeaux, Nice and a few others.
Paris is one of the best equipped cities in Europe in terms of public transport
Following a survey in about forty European cities, it turns out that Paris is in the lead (5th) in terms of public transport, whether it is the number of stops and stations, networks and especially prices; the capital is indeed one of the cheapest cities in this respect. On the other hand, it is also one of the most congested cities on the continent.
There will be a CDG Express
The construction of the fast train that will link Paris to Roissy airport will be resumed.
The Navigo pass in our iPhone from 2023
The Ile-de-France region and Apple have just reached an agreement to allow users of the Ile-de-France transport network to dematerialize their Navigo pass in their iPhone as of 2023.
End of the Eurostar London – Disneyland Paris
Opened in the late 1990s, the Eurostar line that linked London directly to Disneyland Paris will be discontinued in the summer of 2023. Because of the Brexit with the new formalities required by the British for access to their territory which will involve an Esta for EU nationals from next year. A new regulation that according to Eurostar would complicate the management of passengers on this line.
With competition, train prices have dropped by 7% on Paris-Lyon
According to a recent study, opening up to competition is an incentive to take the train for a third of French people. And when there is competition, prices can go down, as is the case on the Paris-Lyon line where Trenitalia runs the same route as SNCF.
Orly in good shape
Like the rest of the airline industry and a large part of the French tourism sector, Orly airport seems satisfied with its summer with even traffic having returned to its 2019 levels at the same time.