It calls from all over Paris

By: Kitty

Aug 17 2011

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Category: Black and white, France, photo, photography, Travel


Focal Length:11.5mm
Shutter:1/0 sec

I love catching glimpses of Sacré Coeur from the side streets in Montmartre. This cathedral is in one of the highest spots in Paris, so you can see it from just about anywhere in the city. Built of limestone it is like a white beacon on a hill.

Camera Panasonic DMC-TZ1
Exposure 0.125 sec (1/8)
Aperture f/3.7
Focal Length 11.5 mm
ISO Speed 200
Exposure Bias 0 EV
Flash Off, Did not fire


8 comments on “It calls from all over Paris”

  1. I so love this. I imagine anybody walking up this alley looks up at the cathedral as they approach. A dozen questions from “are these apartments or windows?” to “is this alley usually empty?”

    Thank you for sharing this. Off to ponder it for a spell.

    • Thank you Michael. Yes these windows on the second floor and above are almost always apartments, especially in the Montmartre section of Paris. It’s really lovely, that part. Very hilly and you have to pretty much climb the streets. It is where they filmed the movie “Amelie.”

  2. Oops. Meant to ask if they were “apartments or businesses.” I kept looking at the photo as I typed.

    Montmartre. Always wanted to see the lights there.

    For now, I’ll just go watch “Amelie” again.

  3. Hi Kitty,

    very nice shot but I was born in Paris, lived there for 40 years, not far from what I have to say is “The Sacré Coeur” of Montmartre, and really really not “Notre Dame” (this is “Notre Dame” :

    The “Sacré Coeur” (or Sacred Heart) was built after the war between France and Prussia which ended in 1871 buy a severe French defeat ! The monument has a very particular story I invite you to read here :,_Paris
    and even more here :

    Pretty interesting to realize how a nice soft cake looking-like building, white and pure, was on the first place dedicated to enforce moral and religious order and “wash” the memory of a Republic which killed its own citizens buy thousands… This was a rough time !

    Thanks for you post ! I enjoyed your photos,

  4. Ah, merci beacoup Séverine, Vous avez raison.

    I think I put this up in too much of a hurry, I’ll make the correction, thanks very much also for the links.

  5. you’re welcome Kitty :-))
    and sorry for my broken English… trying my best !

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