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Basilica by Andrew Paranavitana

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Sacre Coeur, Paris. The amazingly original basilica is located in Montmartre, leading to the highest point of Paris city. First constructed in 1875, it was not completed until 1914, due to a problematic law system that almost stopped construction entirely. Only saved by a loophole, construction finally continued to the end.

I didn’t get to spend as much time here as I would normally like to, but the climb to the top of the tower was worth it for the incredible view of the city below.

Original shot layered twice, with 3 textures, colour altering of each layer, blending of layers, further colour altering and an omni light effect.

Canon SX100IS

Featured in The Grunge Art Gallery
Featured in Digital Photography
Featured in Dimensions
Featured in Unique Buildings Of The World (Sept 09)
Featured in Textures Unlimited
Featured in Out Of The Past
Featured in Nostalgic Art & Photography
Featured in All In Editing
Featured in Unique Buildings Of The World (Oct 09)
Featured in European Everyday Life
Featured in 10+ Features
Featured in Art Universe

Top Entry in Viewer’s Choice – Pick Of The Features Challenge
Top 10 in Your Favorite B&W, Sepia or Muted Work Challenge
Top 10 in Religious Structures in Paris Challenge

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Andrew is a Melbourne born, independent photographic artist who has exhibited and sold works globally.

Recreating the world as we forgot it..

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  • midzing
    midzingabout 5 years ago

    beautiful,,, well done

  • Thanks mate! Much appreciated :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Desirée Glanville
    Desirée Glanvilleabout 5 years ago

    great enhancements!! This is beautiful!!!

  • Thanks so much Daisy!! :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • -Lilith-
    -Lilith-about 5 years ago

    Perfect!!! Love this!

  • Thanks very much Lilith :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Pat Shawyer
    Pat Shawyerabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot Parmi, we climbed those steps a few weeks certainly is a hike, but worth every step !

  • Thanks very much Pat! Such a magical place to visit, and yes, that climb was hard, but so worth the sweat :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • laureenr
    laureenrabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful Parmi. Love the treatment.

  • Thank you so much Laureen! :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • scottimages
    scottimagesabout 5 years ago

    Congratulations!! This is such a fine example of grunge Art that we’ve featured it in The Grunge Art Gallery

  • Oh that’s awesome Rosemary, thank you so much! :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Creative SweetArt
    Creative SweetArtabout 5 years ago

    This is incredible Parmi! you have shown such a fine example of grunge artwork. well done.

  • Thanks Matilda! Really glad you like this one :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Dante21
    Dante21about 5 years ago

    waw … very strong picture … i just like the way u have given a new feeling at this building !!! Superbe !

  • Thank you so much Stephan! That’s awesome to know! :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Anthony Mancuso
    Anthony Mancusoabout 5 years ago

    wonderful tone and treatment Andrew, well done

  • Cheers mate, thanks so much!!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Olitto
    Olittoabout 5 years ago

    This is truly beautiful layerd work Andrew. It makes the Sacre Coeur looks so different….. strong/powerful. Awesome art.

  • That is so nice of you to say Olitto, thank you very much!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

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