The name Montmartre, an area around a hill is said to be derived from either Mount of Martyrs or from Mount of Mars. It was a small village, inhabited by a mostly farming community.

At the end of the 19th century, Montmartre was the center of artistic life in Paris. Many artists, including Berlioz and Picasso, lived, worked, and played in this thriving hillside community.

Today you’ll find many artists and painters at The Place du Tertre.  They can paint your portrait, draw your caricature or cut your silhouette in a black sheet of paper.

"Plaster of Paris"  was discovered early in the Middle Ages on the hill of Montmartre and because of its quality, was in demand all over the world. As late as 1850 there were practically no gardens and no trees on this hill; they had all been killed by the fine white powder.


Musée de Montmartre

12, rue Cortot, 18th, M° Abbesses or Anvers

Housed in the oldest of the Butte of Montmartre, this museum presents the history of Montmartre.

Lapin Agile

Still going  strong among quaint shuttered houses is the Lapin Agile cabaret. Frequented by Verlaine, Renoir, Modigliani, and Max Jacob, the establishment was first  known as the "Cabaret des Assassins" until Andre gill decorated its facade with a painting of a lapin (rabbit) balancing a hat on its head and a bottle on its paw. The cabaret immediately gained renown as the "lapin à gill". By the time Picasso began to frequent the establishment, walking over from his first studio at 49, rue Gabrielle, the name had contracted to "lapin Agile"


A long time ago Montmartre had 30 windmills. Today there are only two left along the rue Lepic. Moulin de la Galette is over 600 years old and for 50 generations it belonged to the family of millers, called the Debrays.

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Around Montmartre

You can  walk, take a tourist train or a  Montmartre bus for a ride through Montmartre and its narrow streets, the Sacré-Coeur, Place du Tertre, as far as Pigalle.

Times: every day from 7am to approx. 8.30pm.

Where to get on: 18e arr- Jules Joffrin, direction Pigalle (metro : Jules Joffrin).

Things to see around Montmartre

Panoramic views over Paris, Sacré-Coeur, Saint-Pierre de Montmartre, Place du Tertre, rue Cortot and Musée de Montmartre, rue de l'Abreuvoir and Place Dalida, Moulin de la Galette, rue Lepic, rue Gabrielle, Place des Abbesses, Place Pigalle.

The vineyard on the slopes of Montmartre is a vestige of the times when Paris was a collection of little villages. Today the Vigne du Clos Montmartre still produces hundreds of bottles a year for charity.

Visit one of the most impressive church in Paris

Basilique du Sacré-Coeur

More about Sacré-Coeur

Pigalle : Bal du Moulin Rouge

Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, 1714-1785, a French sculptor who did work for the court of Louis XV, may well have had few doubts that one day his name would be associated with the most debauched quarter of Paris. This said, the man is responsible for the famous sculpture of the Virgin Mary that resides today in the Saint-Sulpice Cathedral.

Pigalle is today synonymous with ladies of the night, cabarets, and the Paris underworld before the war. Not a true quarter, Pigalle is rather a long boulevard, stretching from Barbès-Rochechouart until the Place de Clichy, and bordering the south side of the Butte-Montmartre.

At the corner of the Boulevard de Clichy and la Place Blanche resides Paris’, and arguably the world’s, most recognized cabaret, the famous Moulin Rouge. Created at the same time as the Eiffel Tower, in 1889, the Moulin Rouge quickly became the temple of the French Can-Can, thanks to the famous dancers resident there including Jane Avril, Lucette Guilbert and la Goulue. Well recognized souvenirs of that torrid era are the works of the painter Toulouse-Lautrec, which immortalized some of these women (one such work is found on this page). Today still, the Moulin Rouge, the Folies-Bergère and the Lido present their erotic revues, perhaps more for the tourists than the locals. Stunning women dancing under lights, barely clad in fantastic costumes, continuing the long tradition of the French Can-Can.

  More things to do around Montmartre and Pigalle

Things to see and do in Montmartre

Food and drinks in Montmartre

Nightlife in Montmartre and Pigalle

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