The spires throughout the département from that period remain though, and are referred to by some as “les clochers Donnet” (the Donnet belfries). The square that surrounds Sacré-Coeur also bears the name of Cardinal Donnet, perhaps in return for his decision to support the construction of the church, which he himself chose to call Sacré-Coeur. Its construction had been both funded and executed by locals, under the leadership of one Abbé Buchou.
|The view from Place Cardinal Donnet.|
When I was there, the 24-hour clock appeared to be out of order. What is more, it was a mid-morning visit (around 10am, sorry, ten-hundred hours) and, pre-noon, I was unable to verify the claim in the Rues de la Gare piece that the church bells chime in accordance with the 24-hour clock… which would make for a mighty 23 tolls of the bell every night at 11pm!