Located on a 130-meter-high hill, Montmartre is one of the most charming and quirky neighborhoods in Paris.
Also known as the "Painters' Quarter", its small steep streets form a framework that includes from the oldest cabarets to the surroundings of the Sacred Heart Basilica, full of restaurants with terraces and painters.
Montmartre was an independent population until 1860, when it became the eighteenth arrondissement of Paris.
At the end of the nineteenth century the neighborhood acquired very bad reputation due to the cabarets and brothels who settled in the area, but different artists who considered it a charming neighborhood moved there to turn it into the wonderful place it is today.
A walk through Montmartre
Montmartre covers two very different areas; In the vicinity of the Place Pigalle reign the neon lights announcing endless sex shops and some cabarets among which stands out especially the mythical Moulin Rouge, whose shows attract hundreds of tourists every night.
After a steep ascent of 197 steps, or using the cable car, you will reach the most bohemian Montmartre on the Place du Tertre, located at the top of the hill. It is one of the most pleasant areas of the neighborhood, both for dining on one of its terraces and for enjoying the works of art of the painters that spread throughout the area.
A network of narrow and steep streets of the neighborhood lead to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, a beautiful temple from which you get wonderful views of the city. The stairs below the basilica are often crowded with tourists and locals who come to spend the afternoon enjoying the views.
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