This popular Parisian neighborhood, which is also called the “painters’ neighborhood”, is characterized by being made up of a set of picturesque streets that all lead to the top of a hill, at whose zenith is the prestigious Basilica of the Sacred Heart. In them there are all kinds of picturesque places, some older than others, that allow you to discover a Paris that is between the bohemian and the exquisite.
Montmartre used to function independently from the rest of the city, but when it became the 18th arrondissement of Paris in 1860, it lost its autonomy and became dependent on the government of the capital.
Despite the fact that today it enjoys great prestige, it was not always so. In the 19th century it had a terrible reputation given the large number of brothels and cabarets that were located there. However, it was also in this century when various renowned artists discovered its beauty and began to spread their positive opinion around the neighborhood, turning it into a meeting point for numerous artists from around the world.
Over the years, its prestige grew, until it became one of the most fascinating and visited Parisian neighborhoods. Do not miss it!
What to visit in Montmartre?
Wall Of Love
The Wall of Love is one of the unmissable sites in this neighborhood. It consists of a high wall with the words ‘I love you’ written on it in almost every language in the world; in the most talked about, let’s say. There is nothing special about it, except for the underlying idea of harmony and peace, but it is worth visiting.
Being in Montmartre you should not miss a ride on the funicular, to observe the neighborhood and the entire city from above. You will get amazing views of the beautiful Paris. In addition, it is a good way to climb to the top, saving you the long stairs. You can go up with the funicular and go down the stairs to get less tired.
If you want to get to know the history and legends around this neighborhood in depth, we recommend that you take the guided tour, which can be hired from the funicular’s starting point; so you can return from Paris knowing the best kept secrets of this popular neighborhood.
The Sacred Heart Basilica
At the top of Montmartre you can visit the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and the Place du Tertre, two corners full of history and art in the heart of Paris. Also, from this place, you will get incredible views of the city of Paris. 100% recommendable.
Rue Du Chevalier De La Barre
If you want to take a good memory of Montmartre, we recommend you go to Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, which is full of little shops where you can buy souvenirs and interesting things to remember this fabulous trip for a lifetime.