Description of the Scacre Coer

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The Sacre Couer

Countless cathedrals dot Paris, France's horizon. However, the Sacre Couer, also known as the Sacred Heart, looms high above them. Known to the natives as "the sculptured cloud," the impressive pale cathedral glows intensely under the burning sun. The thousands of stairs that stretch up to the doors of the cathedral feature an array of street performers and mobs of tourists. Rays of sunlight spotlight special performers. Mimes hidden in invisible boxes try to escape, and the flute players perform captivating tunes, desperately hoping to sell their music. Vendors, rarely honest, can be found numerous times throughout the journey. They hope to fool unsuspecting tourists into buying overpriced trinkets. A carousel slowly spins, fascinating kids for hours on end. As the tourists creep towards the top, a breathtaking view of Paris begins to emerge. The Eiffel tower seems minute in the distance, and the Parisians appear to be tiny ants scurrying around the city.

Ahead, the cathedral's stone gargoyles, forbidding creatures, strung along the side of the cathedral, are ready to jump off the wall at any moment. The chilling beasts jut out towards unwelcome visitors. Three inviting archways open towards the great mass of people, pulling them inside the building. Inside, an eerie silence fills the air. The roars of the mobs outside are completely shut out, and the parade of tourist tromping around does not disturb the tranquility of the sacred place inside. Nuns' singing voices hum throughout the center chapel during the morning mass. Magnificent stained glass windows tower towards the ceiling. Mysterious candles, lit throughout the church, cast curious shadows on the floor. Flickering flames fly through the air, scorching those who venture too close. The Sacre Couer, with its myriad of people and images, seems to capture people with its beauty...