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The Montmartre Village – The Magical Mountain

The Montmartre village sits right in top of a hill in Paris with beautiful vantage spots to relish the views of the city. The Montmartre also called the Mountain Of Martyrs should be a no brainer in your itinerary if you are travelling to France. Montmartre is natural art which is not just a treat to your eyes but also feeds your soul. The narrow details such as the windmills, narrow alleys are some of the things that make Montmartre village so unique. Just taking a stride of a walk along the streets of Montmartre will be a lifetime experience. Montmartre is the reason why many of the travellers who visit the city of Paris fall in love with the place and wishes to come back to this magnificent hill.

View of Montmartre hill
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The Tale Of The Montmartre

The Russian army obtained the hill during the Battle of Paris in 1814. Vineyards and gardens were spread unevenly in the hill on its slopes. It was then annexed by the city of Paris on January 1 of 1860. The hill was popular for its windmills, vineyards, stone quarries and gypsum mines. During the mid half of the 19th century, cafes, cabarets and dancing halls rose over the hill making it a popular destination. The construction of the Sacré Cœur Basilica took from 1876 to 1919.

The Basilica of Sacre-Coeur in the Montmatre Village
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By the 19th century, the hill became the primary hub for painting with the upcoming of great painters such as Amedeo Modigliani, Vincent van Gogh, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Degas, Matisse, Modigliani, Picasso, Pissarro, Renoir, Steinlen, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh among several others who either lived here or creating their masterpieces here. Montmartre is not just a tourist spot but also a utopia for art lovers and critics because of the presence of art galleries and exhibits. Even though they are less in quantity, they make up with their world-class quality.

Things To Do In Montmartre

Montmartre is a rich and beautiful hill with amazing attractions. You can feel it all from having some of the spectacular views to experiencing the landscape and houses where the genius artists such as Van Gogh and Picasso lived and gave life to amazing masterpieces. With a place with such endless choices, here are some of the best things to do in Montmartre to have ana amazing time in Paris.

1.The Basilica of Sacre-Coeur

It is the trademark attraction of Monmarte. It is a white-domed church and the monument is located near the metro station, Abbesses. This monument is a tribute to the loss of the French in 1871 and to the lives lost in it.

2.Musée de Montmartre

If you set foot in Montmartre, you can’t miss a visit to the Musée de Montmartre. The pieces displayed represents the fascinating architecture that surrounds the whole city. Back in the day, it was also used as a meeting spot by many artist and writers.

3.Musée de l’Erotisme

Sorry if you are single, this place isn’t for you. Yes, this is exclusively for the couples who visit the romantic city of Paris to nurture their love. Especially, this is an ideal place to visit for honeymooners. You can visit the 7 floors of passionate arts and artefacts with your significant other.

4.Rue de Steinkerque

Filled with bargaining people and cramped shops, this place is the shopping core of the Montmartre village. From T-shirts to artefacts, you can go home with the best deals and it will be so much fun with all the buzz around. Apart from shopping, there are also great cafes and restaurants for you to spend some time.

5.The Moulin Rouge

This restaurant cum nightclub is one of the finest attractions in Monmarte. The moulin rouge is famous for its Champagne-filled parties and roof rising atmosphere. It attracts tourists all over from the world despite not losing its antiquity. You can blow your minds by booking yourself one of the striking shows that take place here.

Moulin Rogue in Night
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With the potential of satisfying a wide range of tourists, Montmartre is a place that anyone can’t resist themselves from visiting. Enough of the resistance and let the magic of Montmartre act upon you by start planning your trip to Paris with Pickyourtrail. Let’s strike this off your bucket list!

Bon Voyage!

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