The miniature Sacré-Cœur inside the Sacré-Cœur

Cuz I have a thing for tiny things inside bigger things…

You might remember that I once wrote about a miniature café inside a café in Paris. Well, I found another unexpected tiny treasure while taking my French sisters-in-law on some sight-seeing adventures this week. The girls, 15-year old twins, had never been to the Montmartre neighborhood of Paris, despite growing up only an hour and a half outside the city. So I decided to change that.

A view of Montmartre, with the Sacré-Coeur Basilica at the top

Montmartre has a history steeped in art and culture. In the start of the 20th century, artists like Salvador Dali, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent van Gogh had studios or worked in the area. The iconic Sacré-Cœur, sitting at the highest point in Paris, is a cultural and political landmark whose construction lasted from 1875 to 1914. Tourists inevitably pack the stairs leading up to it, even on a chilly, overcast day in February (pro tip: don’t go to Paris in February).

Photo I took from the top of Montmartre
A more inviting photograph of the Sacré-Coeur Basilica in summertime, via ThousandWonders

The twins, still grumbling slightly about the amount of stairs they just had to climb, sat in the back pews on their smartphones while I began my solo tour of the interior of the church.

The inside of Sacré-Coeur in summertime, via ThousandWonders

I soon ran into the only modern, non-religious item there: an awesome miniature replica of the Sacré-Coeur.










I called the girls over and they decided it was the coolest part of the church. Sight-seeing success! woo hoo 🙂


P.S. Do you know of any other tiny things inside their bigger counterparts? Let me know –

2 thoughts on “The miniature Sacré-Cœur inside the Sacré-Cœur

  1. A few. Architects used to make models of buildings to get commissions. I think there’s one by Wren in the crypt of St Paul’s and I have a pic somewhere of a model of Royal Fort House by James Bridges in Bristol. Liverpool Anglican cathedral has one.


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