Montmartre – Must-see artistic bohemian neighborhood in Paris
Montmartre- A Must-See at Paris
This neighborhood is thriving with life and is full of historical and cultural discoveries. The area is frequented by more than six million visitors who take great pleasure in strolling down old alleys typically found in Paris. Montmartre has welcomed the most celebrated nineteenth and twentieth century pictorial art movements (Impressionism, Cubism, Fauvism, Futurism, Surrealism). And the area has preserved its history for more than a century.
Moreover, the neighborhood is strewn with charming little streets full of history and teeming with artists. It is preferable to visit the area by foot because the Montmartre Hill neighborhood is closed off to vehicles on Sundays and holidays.
The Montmartre Hill is the culminating point of Paris towering 130 meters high. One can access the hill via a unique funicular.
The Montmartre Hill is especially well known for the white Sacred Heart Basilica with its panoramic view of Paris as well as an imperturbably active nightlife animated with famous cabaret shows.
The Moulin Rouge, transformed into a cabaret theatre in 1900, with its legendary mill is internationally known on both sides of the Atlantic.
Near the Hill, one can also visit typical tourist attractions such the Tertre Place, The Museum of Eroticism, the Dali Museum, the Café des 2 Moulins- famous café featured in the film, Amélie Poulain, and the famous street, « Rue Lepic » where Van Gogh lived for some time. One may also admire the « I love you » wall located at the nearby, Abesses Place. There, one finds « I love you » written 1000 times in 300 different languages upon a 40 m2 wall.
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart
After the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, The Basilica of the Sacred Heart is the second most- visited site in Paris attracting more than 11.5 million visitors per year.
Situated at the summit of the butte Montmartre, this place of worship overlooks the city of Paris. From the square of the Basilica, the panoramic view of the city is breathtaking. Visiting the Dome, measuring more than 200 meters high, allows one to appreciate the landscape extending up to 50 km around. It is thus the highest point of elevation in Paris, following the Eiffel Tour.
The Basilica is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, an expression of penitence, confidence, hope and faith. With its Romano-Byzantine architectural style, the Basilica’s form is in the shape of Greek cross adorned with four domes.
Constructed between 1875 and 1919, the Church, at its consecration, was given the title of Basilica, establishing it as a pilgrimage site.
6h - 22h30
Main Entrance: The Basilica of the Sacred Heart Square
Jules Joffrin (Subway Line °12) + Montmartrobus (stop: Place du Tertre)
Pigalle (Subway Line °12, Line° 2) + Montmartrobus (stop: Norvins)
Anvers (Subway Line °2) + Funiculaire (via metro or steps)
Abbesses (Subway Line °12) + Funiculaire (via metro or steps)
Buses: 30 – 31 – 80 – 85 (arrival at the bottom of the Montmartre Hill)