Topped by the Sacre Coeur Basilica, Montmartre is the highest Paris hill at 130 meters. Rural until 1900, Montmartre became famous in late 1800ies with the arrival of artists such as Renoir, Van Gogh, Picasso.
In spite of the affluence of tourists from all over the world, Montmartre still keeps its village-like atmosphere, which sets it apart in Paris busy city.
Sacre Coeur is the most famous Montmartre sight and a flagship Paris monument. It is also a vibrant catholic church. See detailed information on Sacre Coeur.
The lovely Moulin de La Galette is Montmartre last windmill. It was painted by many famous artists.
Walk around in Montmartre and you will discover gardens, steep streets and splendid Paris views. Watch for Place du Tertre, Place des Abbesses, Bateau Lavoir, Montmartre Museum and Montmartre vineyard (see map of Montmartre). See our Montmartre walking tour.
Montmartre is very crowded during weekends. Go there early on weekdays. To best appreciate Montmartre, choose your hotel near Rue des Abbesses (see Paris map), a lovely shopping street and the heart of Montmartre Parisians love.
Paris metro: Abbesses station on line 12, and Anvers station on line 2. From Anvers station, walk to Montmartre funicular station (5 minutes) and ride funicular up to Sacre Coeur (see Montmartre map below).
The many painters on Place du Tertre are ready to sketch out your face, a nice souvenir of Paris.
They remind us of the pennyless artists, such as Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh and Picasso who lived in Montmartre in late 19th / early 20th centuries. The lovely Moulin de La Galette is Montmartre last windmill. It inspired many artists.
Montmartre inspired many movies like Amelie Poulain (video) which made famous a cafe and a grocery store.
Renoir, Van Gogh and Picasso stand out among the painters who lived in Montmartre and painted it.
Paris seen from Montmartre - Van Gogh - 1886
Quarry in Montmartre - Van Gogh - 1886
Moulin de la Galette - Renoir - 1876
Girls in a garden in Montmartre - Renoir - 1895
Gardens in Montmartre - Renoir
Harlequin with glass in Lapin Agile - Picasso - 1905
Montmartre means mount of martyrs: Saint Denis, the first Paris bishop, was beheaded there (picture) in 250 and buried in the Martyrium (11 rue Yvonne Le Tac. Tel: +33 (0)1 42 23 48 94. Visit Fridays 3 to 6pm).
On August 15th 1534, Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Saint Francis Xavier (picture) and five other companions bound themselves on the spot by vows, the first step in the creation of the Jesuits. The Jesuits later spread the gospel in China, Japan, Indonesia and South America.