This magnificant building was built in 1914, however construction started almost 40 years before. Designer, Paul Abadie, carefully planned every part of construction of Scare Couer, including the specific stone that has given sacre coeur its incredible clean white appearance.
The white stone came from the quarries in Souppes, in the Seine-et-Marne French department. It is very resistant and the water does not infiltrate. In fact, in contact with water, when it rains, the stones releases a substance, called “calcite”, that cleans the stone and enables it to keep its white color.
The building stands 130m at the top of Monmatre hill and reaching 91m in height totalling 213m above sea level.