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Perching on Montmartre Basilic, it look's like God is against you !
It's not just a church, it's La Madeleine, built as a massive gesture of triumph against the defeated (secularist) Communards.
The Basilica on the top of Montmarte is Sacre Couer and not La Madeleine. For royalist French Catholics, the visions that Ste. Marguerite Marie Alacoque had of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and His unheeded warnings to the House of Bourbon, were taken quite seriously.I don't know if Sacre Couer is a sign of triumph over the Communards as much as it is/was seen as an offering to an angry God to spare France. Clearly the mosaics in the main dome say such in pictures.La Madeleine is a different church built in a dramatically different style. The original La Madeleine was destroyed by the Jacobins in 1799.Napoleon ordered a church be built in honor of his fallen soldiers in the same style as the Arch d'Triomphe. It was to be a much larger version of the Roman temple at Nimes - the Maison Caree. He didn't have time to finish it, so when Louis XVIII was restored - he had Napoleon's temple dedicated to La Madeleine.
You are right, Loyola. It's Sacre Coeur. But it was built as a thumb in the eye to the Communards.
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