by Adarius Simpkins

Basic Information

Montmartre is a hill located in the French capital of Paris and it is approximately 130 meters high. The name "Montmartre" can be translated to mean "mountain of the martyr" because in 250 A.D. St. Denis ,who was the Bishop of Paris, was decapitated at the top of the now famous hill.

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The Arts

Many world-famous artists have lived on or have had studios on Montmartre including:

  • Johan Jongkind
  • Vincent van Gogh
  • Henri Matisse
  • Pierre Auguste-Renoir
  • and even Pablo Picasso
Literary figures have also been known to visit the area and draw inspiration from it such as Langston Hughes for example.

Random Information

  • In spite of the huge church resting at the top of Montmartre, there are countless sex shops, peep shows and bars at the bottom of it. This part is called the Boulevard de Clichy.
  • Montmartre serves as the setting for the movie La vie en rose, which chronicles the life of the late French singer Édith Piaf.
  • In 1590, King Henry IV used Montmartre to place artillery during the French Wars of Religion.
  • There is a small vineyard on the hill that produces about 500 liters of wine yearly.
  • The 2001 Oscar nominated movie Moulin Rouge! was also set on Montmartre. The film stars Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor in the lead roles.

Adarius Deante' Simpkins

La vie en rose - Edith Piaf by Adarius Deante' Simpkins
Moulin Rouge! (2001) Trailer

Personal Thoughts

I think that Montmartre would be a great place to go on vacation. It has a great mixture of the historic importance of the past and the vibrance of today.


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