was built at the top of the hill of Montmartre. The name signifies the “mount of martyrs” and the place of the martyrdom of Saint Denis, the first bishop of Paris. The basilica was designed by architect Paul Abadie. The work was followed by five other architects. The foundation was laid in 1875, and the basilica was completed in 1914. It was finally dedicated in 1919 after the delay due to World War I. The architecture is Romano-Byzantine style which is in contrast with the Gothic cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. The basilica is 115 ft long, 279 ft wide and 272 ft high. It was built with travertine stone. The view of the entire city of Paris can be seen from front of the basilica.
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