At first glance, visiting Montmartre may seem rather straightforward. It’s a small district with clear boundaries, and some might say that all of the tourist itineraries in Paris eventually lead to a stroll through Montmartre.
Hop on the metro, alight at Barbès, Château Rouge – if you dare – or Anvers if you’re feeling a little less adventurous, and a few seconds’ walk later you will be immersed in Montmartre. But your visit to Montmartre will likely be brief and frustrating if you only follow the usual tourist route along Rue de Steinkerke to Place des Abbesses and then on to admire the Sacré-Cœur (the Basilica of the Sacred Heart) and the view it affords over Paris. The ill-informed will undoubtedly be disappointed to find that the Eiffel Tower is not visible from there, whereas those who’ve done their homework before visiting Montmartre will know that turning their back on the Sacré-Coeur is not enough to gaze upon the Eiffel Tower; they need to venture down the small street to the right of the basilica: the Iron Lady likes to play hard to get.
Butte Montmartre (Montmartre Hill) stands 130 metres tall and is much more impressive than MontagneMontmartre Sainte-Geneviève (which you will see if you join me for the Latin Quarter Tour), and it extends over a surface of around 60 hectares.
Montmartre became part of Paris in the late 19th century, on 1st January 1860 when Paris’ suburbs were annexed. The former village then became part of the 18th arrondissement. Soon after, the district was the scene of the rise of the Paris Commune… but I digress! It will be my pleasure to take you on a guided tour of Montmartre, with more of a focus on history if that is what you’re after.
At the end of the 19th century and the start of the 20th, the district was very popular among renowned artists such as Renoir, Monet, Pissaro, Cézanne, Degas, Van Gogh, and Picasso!
Today, still bearing traces of all these famous painters, this exceptional part of Paris, which Montmartre has be
Hello, my name is Guillaume Le Roux, and I’m a professional guide, member of the Paris Visitors Bureau, who offers personalized and authentic tours of my home city of Paris. I am an expert about Paris (levraiparis.com) & I'm also a food/travel/music editor (716lavie.com). My goal is to show you the historical elements as well as the contemporary aspects of my hometown. Full profile ⋅ Leave a Review
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