The Colosseum and Sacré-Cœur Basilica to turn green for St. Paddy’s Day

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015. Filed under: Destinations Saint Patrick's Day
The Sacré-Coeur Basilica in Paris glows green for St. Patrick's Day. ©Tourism Ireland

The Sacré-Coeur Basilica in Paris glows green for St. Patrick’s Day.
©Tourism Ireland

(Relaxnews) – For the first time this year, the Colosseum in Rome, the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and the Sacré-Cœur Basilica in Paris will join more than 160 global landmarks and take on an emerald-green hue for St. Patrick’s Day.

Thanks to a major tourism offensive, the Irish holiday knows no boundaries and is arguably the most celebrated national fete around the world for both the Irish and non-Irish alike.

For the sixth edition of Tourism Ireland’s “Global Greening” campaign, visitors at international tourist sites such as Rome’s Colosseum, the Sacré-Coeur Basilica in Montmartre and the Jumeirah Etihad Towers hotel in Abu Dhabi will be temporarily whisked away to the Emerald Isle when the landmarks light up green for the first time.

Other major sites that have been gone green in the past include Niagara Falls, the London Eye, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Great Wall of China, Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil and the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai.

The Colosseum in Rome glows green for St. Patrick's Day. ©Tourism Ireland

The Colosseum in Rome glows green for St. Patrick’s Day.
©Tourism Ireland

One of the biggest St. Patrick’s Day parties to occur outside Ireland will be Chicago, with more than a dozen buildings slated to glow green Tuesday, including the United Center and Macy’s department store.

Earlier this month, the tourism office released a 60-second promotional video in advance of St. Patrick’s Day, narrated by Irish actor Liam Neeson. Last year, the agency also tapped the world’s most popular space man, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, to serve as international ambassador for the country.

According to Tourism Ireland, more than 70 million people have links to the Irish heritage.


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