Montmartre Paris is one of the most interesting areas of the city due to its long history, beautiful architecture, garden walkways, art museums and churches. Set amid the bustling streets, where locals and tourists enjoy the many places to visit and enjoy outstanding views of the city, Montmartre Paris retains its quaint village setting among modern buildings.
Sacre Coeur Paris
Visitors can stroll through the area with its bohemian atmosphere and enjoy cafes, restaurants, and shopping venues, which are easily accessible by foot, or take a Montmartre tour in the comfort of a bus to see all the sights. Several places of interest to vacationers in the Quartier Montmartre include the Basilica du Sacre Coeur and Saint Pierre de Montmartre church, rebuilt in the 1800s after the twelfth-century structure was ruined during the Revolution.
The foundation for the Sacre-Coeur Basilica, laid in 1875 and unlike the Gothic architecture of noted churches such as Notre Dame, has pristine white walls built in the Byzantine architectural style. The Catholic basilica is a busy location, as both tourists and those on pilgrimages from around the world visit the church yearly.
Montmartre is known for its artistic past. The Bateaux Lavoir district is known as an artist's haven where famous artists, including Pablo Picasso, lived during the early 1900s. At the heart of the district, the Le Lapin Agile cabaret, which was made famous by Picasso, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Maurice Utrillo as a gathering place for artists, puts on cabaret shows that are a mixture of assorted types of old and new songs with the audience invited to sing along. The famous Moulin Rouge nightclub, depicted in paintings by Toulouse-Lautrec, is part of the classic two-hour walking tour of the area, which also covers the Salvador Dali Museum and the Montmartre Cemetery, the resting place of the artist Edgar Degas.
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Also located in the Quartier Montmartre, the Moulin de la Galette is a picturesque windmill depicted in paintings by such notables as Renoir, Picasso, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Today, Moulin de la Galette is a fine dining establishment located in the heart of Montmartre Paris. The Quartier Montmartre has a history as a gathering spot for budding artists and past masters including Vincent van Gogh and Maurice Utrillo. In the Place du Tertre, visitors will find many artists with easels and sketchpads set up throughout the area, and an attraction for visitors is posing for one of the artists in Montmartre while he paints your portrait. Having your likeness sketched by a Parisian artist makes a nice souvenir of your Paris vacation.
Bus tours of the Montmartre area available in various packages that include taking in the major sites of Paris such as the Louvre, Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, Tuileries, and the Eiffel Tower and include a stop for lunch. Additional excursions, along with the double-decker bus tour, include a walking Montmartre tour of the Place du Tertre a visit to the Moulin de la Galette and a cable car ride to the top of Montmartre hill where you will take a guided tour of Sacre Coeur basilica. Scheduling a walking only Montmartre tour provides visitors with the opportunity to visit several areas each with its own past.
The Montmartre Vineyards, the only vineyard within the city limits of Paris, went into wine production in 1933. The vineyards are visible resting on the side of Montmartre hill but are not open to the public. The annual Montmartre Harvest Festival takes place yearly during several days in October with food, music, street performers, wine tasting booths, and a parade.
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