Paris, which is by far the most beautiful city in the world, receives millions of tourists year after year for its many charms. The most popular of all is the Eiffel Tower, but it must be said that there are other attractions that are worth knowing. One of them? The Montmartre neighborhood, which is without a doubt the most bohemian in the capital of France.
It is easy to recognize because it accommodates the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, a must-see church that allows you to enjoy privileged views of the city. It is the starting point of much more than 130 meters of hill. For you to see that I am not lying, there is nothing better than signing up for the 8 plans that I share below.
1- Moulin Rouge
It is one of the most charming places in Paris, and not only because Nicole Kidman It will delight us on a trapezoid with a necklace of 1,308 diamonds. It is a cabaret located at the foot of Montmartre since 1889, when the Spanish Josep Oller completed its construction. Since then, nothing more and nothing less than the Belle Epoque, shows of all kinds have been seen and leading artists have paraded, such as Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli or Dean Martin.
Today you can live the entire essence of Mouling Rouge spending an unforgettable night. You can book dinner + show, although you should know that prices start from 190 euros. Check it out on their website.
2- Sacred Heart
We are talking about a basilica of Byzantine influences It was built on a Greek cross ground plan to excuse the sins of the Paris Commune during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870. It was approved by the National Assembly in 1873, but the works did not finish until 1919, just after the end of the First World War.
Although the best views of Paris are those offered by the Eiffel Tower, there are those who consider that a sunset in the Sacred Heart it has even more charm, since you can contemplate the roofs of the city from a much quieter place.
3- Place du Tertre
It is a very small square in which art is the main protagonist. There, at the end of the 18th century, painters, singers and poets gathered. Today the most common thing is to come across landscape painters and portrait artists, geniuses who, as in the past, squeeze out all their potential to earn some money.
The place is also known as the «Artists square«, Since there are 149 locations of one square meter of extension that allow two painters to take over each day.
4- Le Moulin de la Galette
Moulin Rouge is not the only famous mill in Montmartre. Oddly enough, there is a windmill in the neighborhood that reminds us that it was once a place of vineyards and wheat fields. Today it is a restaurant with a nice terrace that allows you to eat on its blades. Of course, as you can imagine, it is not one of the cheapest in the area, which is justified by the simple fact of being a mill that appeared in paintings by such famous artists as Vincent van Gogh or Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Right now they offer two menus: one for 31 euros and the other for 39 euros. You can book through the website of Le Moulin de la Galette.
5- Place Pigalle
It is another of the squares that you cannot miss. There was celebrated the «Models Market«, A meeting point between painters and women who wanted to become muses to be immortalized.
For some it is the most hooligan area of the capital. Nearby there are discos, bars, pubs, alternative clothing stores ...
6- Le Bateau Lavoir
Every art lover knewThe artists cave»Since 1889, curiously the same year in which the Moulin Rouge works were completed. Pablo Picasso himself gave life to "The Young Ladies of Avignon" and laid the foundations of cubism in the same place where artists such as Kees van Dongen or Max Jacob came to display their full artistic potential. Unfortunately, a fire took everything ahead in 1970, so today only one window can be seen left on the Place Emile Goudeau.
7- Stroll and stroll
You don't finish the Montmartre neighborhood. You never tire of strolling and strolling through its picturesque streets. You stop and walk again on numerous occasions. Its cobblestone roads catch you because beauty is everywhere. You can even see one house that they say is haunted. It is on Avenue Frochot, a dead end street very close to Place Pigalle. Obviously, you will have no trouble finding souvenirs that you can buy at a good price if you know how to haggle.
8- The Montmartre Cemetery
Visiting a cemetery is not usually a good plan, but in this neighborhood it is. Why? Well, because there are numerous sculptures and mausoleums by artists like Dalida worth visiting.Of course, to access for free from 09:00 to 18:00 you must be well dressed and behave. You can't dance reggaeton.
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