A Vision Captured in Mosaic

Raymond Jonas

in France and the Cult of the Sacred Heart

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780520221369
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924017 | DOI:
A Vision Captured in Mosaic

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This chapter discusses the mosaic found in the church, which was the main work of art within the basilica. It covers about 375 meters, and recounts in pictures the saga of the Sacred Heart and France. The chapter stresses that the basilica of the Sacré-Coeur is the key monument of modern French Catholicism, and is the structure around which one can organize the remarkable salvation story of France and the Sacred Heart. It was a story that dominated the spiritual and political thinking of French Catholics for more than 100 after 1789. The chapter looks at the devotion given to the Sacré-Coeur and then shifts to the impact of Comte de Chambord's death on the Sacré-Coeur. It ends by discussing the legacy left by Guibert and the Sacré-Coeur.

Keywords: mosaic; key monument; Sacré-Coeur; salvation story; French Catholics; Comte de Chambord

Chapter.  6207 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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