Montmartre

A historical village

Quick history

The word montmartre translates to "mountain of the martyr" (martyr probably means some someone who was killed or distress so "mountain of the distress/deceased people").

The name was adopted because of the decapitation of Saint Denis in 250 AD.

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Montmartre was set on top of the hill because of the fact that in the 19th century Napoleon gave a lot of land to his wealthy friends so the people had to find somewhere else to settle, and the outskirts of Paris were the perfect place.

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Montmartre also quickly became popular with artists because it was a "center" for the people who were driven out (and it was also a popular drinking place).

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Today

Montmartre today isn't all that different from how it was before.

Montmartre is one of the places where there have been little to no changes to the original architecture

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So even to this day it still has the village like feeling.

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A quick tour

Now that you know how important Montmartre is lets go for a small walk.


  • The most popular attraction seems to be the "Musée de Montmartre", some famous artists lived and painted there.
  • Have a nice meal at the Moulin Rouge! Or some of the other nightclubs and restaurants.
  • At the "butte" (the hill that's isolated from the rest of Montmartre) you can go to one of the most recognizable landmarks in Montmartre the Basilica du Sacré-Coeur
  • Want to see the art? Go to the Place du Terte! See some of the art that the deceased artists used to make a name for themselves.
  • Want some time to relax? Go to the Parc de la Turlure a small park next to the Sacré-Coeur
  • Finally pay your respects at the Montmartre Cemetery, the final resting place of great artists.