Montmartre tickets and tours
The neighbourhood of Montmartre, towering 130 meters above Paris on the hill of the same name used to be a village north of Paris before being attache...
The inside story
The neighbourhood of Montmartre, towering 130 meters above Paris on the hill of the same name used to be a village north of Paris before being attached to the town in 1860 to become one of the most famous districts of the Capital. Its most important landmark is the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, built in 1873, famous for its Romano-Byzantine architectural style. From inside, the Basilica offers a spectacular view of the biggest bell in the France, the “Savoyarde” and also possesses, amongst many other works of art, the largest mosaic in the world. Back in the day, the Montmartre district was famous for its windmills. No less than a dozen in 1786, they then used to grind wheat, plaster and pebbles. The windmills represented the Parisians’ favorite attraction; they would go up to Montmartre on sunny Sundays to take a walk, drink wine right after the harvest, dine and dance. Artistic area by excellence, Montmartre has always been an inspiration for many writers, composers, writers, musicians and dancers. Among the best known were Toulouse-Lautrec, Utrillo, Picasso, Renoir, Van Gogh, Dalida, Boris Vian, Jacques Prévert, Serge Gainsbourg.