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Montmartre Information


Montmartre is the highest point in Paris at 130 m that is crowned by the white Sacré-Coeur Catholic Basilica – one of the most popular tourist attractions in Paris.
Montmartre was incorporated into the city of Paris in the mid-nineteenth century when it received its first major influx of population deriving from the poor that were displaced by Haussmann's rebuilding program. Its pick was the last years of the century up to World War I, when its rustic charms and low rents attracted crowds of artists among which Toulouse Lautrec and Van Gogh.

Montmarte retains today the bohemian atmosphere of those years, attracting thousands of tourists every year. The quarter’s physical appearance has remained almost the same thanks to its bad grounding state that makes it too unstable for new building constructions. Nowadays, a large community of artists and a new prosperous class of Bohemians compose the residential population of the area.
Don’t miss: The white Sacré-Coeur Catholic Basilica, Moulin Rouge, La Place du Tertre where most street artists are gathered, Montmartre museum

Art and Artists at Montmartre

Montmartre’s is famous for the artists and artistic movements generated in the area at the turn of the 20th century. As well as bring the area to the centre of public attention, the geniuses of the artistic revolution managed to set the mood and its lifestyle. Impressionism was born in Montmartre drawing a new view of the world along with a new style in painting and artistic attitude towards canvas.
Several elements compose the unique artistic phenomenon that characterizes the area of Montmarte:

  • The large numbers of artists that used to live and work around the Montmartre area
  • The "Bateau Lavoire" which was named after its boat shape, accommodating artists like Picasso who is said to have painted the fist cubist work there - Les Demoiselles d'Avignon.
  • The studio of 12 Cortot st. that nowadays accommodates a museum and association dedicated to the old Montmartre.
  • Toulouse Lautrec paintings that were inspired by the nightlife and the cabarets around the 9th and 18th arrondissements. He also painted plenty of the advertising posters for the Moulin Rouge and Cabaret.
  • Picasso and Degas also lived and were inspired by the area contributing in Montmartre’s reputation
  • Van Gogh was also there probably living on Rue Victor Masse.