Montmartre

Montmartre, located in the 18th arrondissement, is one of Paris’ most famous neighborhoods and its tallest point.  At the summit of the hill are two famous churches: the Sacre-Coeur Basilica and Saint Pierre de Montmarte.  The former is a popular landmark, and the latter is allegedly the birthplace of the Jesuit order.  Sacre-Coeur is relatively new, consecrated in 1918.  Saint Pierre is one of the oldest churches in the city, first consecrated in 1134 (though significantly renovated since).  These churches offer breathtaking views of Paris.

Starting in the mid-nineteenth century, Montmartre became a popular home to artists.  Former residents include van Gogh, Renoir, Monet, Metisse, and Langston Hughes.  The Montmartre Cemetary is the final resting place of many famous artists.  Montmartre was one of the last parts of Paris to be developed and retains a more relaxed feel than the rest of the city, though it is known for its nightlife.

While it can be a fun and atmospheric place, watch out for scammers and pickpockets.

Metro: Lamarck-Caulaincourt (12), Place de Clichy (2, 13)

Sacre-Coeur Basilica
Open every day 06:00-22:30.
No admission

Saint Pierre de Montmarte
Open every day 08:30-19:00
No admission

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