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some facts about "Sacré couer": The winner of the competition was Paul Abadie, who had already restored two cathedrals in France. He built an immense basilica in a Roman-Byzantyne style. Its large dome towers 83m (272ft) over the top of the Montmartre hill.
The architectural style of the basilica stands in sharp contrast with other contemporary buildings in France, which were mostly built in a Romanesque style.
The massive building has managed to keep its beaming white color even in the polluted air of a big city like Paris. This can be attributed to the Château-Landon stones which were used for the construction of the Sacré-Coeur. When it rains, the stones react to the water and secrete calcite, which acts like a bleacher.

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