Basilique du Sacré-Cœur de Montmartre, Paris: On Site Seen/On Sight Scene

 

The Basilique du Sacré-Cœur de Montmartre located on Paris’ highest point has been a holy place since time immemorial. The first to worship here were the Druids of ancient Gaul. They were followed by the Romans who dedicated temples to Mars and Mercury at the same location. Since the 5th century this has been a Roman Catholic holy place. The Basilique du Sacré-Cœur designed by Paul Abadie was constructed between 1875 and 1914. It was consecrated in 1919.

IMG_4687On our recent visit to the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur we happened to enter with a group of tourists which included a Buddhist monk.

IMG_0077We witnessed a uniquely ecumenical-spiritual moment as the Buddhist monk began praying before the apse containing a mosaic with an image of Jesus.

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IMG_0096Then he turned, lit a candle and made a donation before the statue of Mary.

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all photos by Isa David-Ben-Rafael and owned by IsraeLightly     

 

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