Topped by Sacre Coeur, Montmartre is the highest Paris hill at 130 meters. The neighbourhood of Montmartre became famous in late 1800ies with the arrival of artists such as Renoir, Van Gogh, Picasso. In its glory days Montmartre was really the capital of fun or as the main character in the Moulin Rouge film calls it ‘the center of the Bohemian world’. The original cabaret of Moulin was located right here, on the Montmartre hill.
The area has since become more popular and the real estate prices for todays artist or poet are out of reach. Despite the affluence of tourists from all over the world, Montmartre still keeps its village-like atmosphere, which sets it apart in Paris busy city.
Even with dozens of buildings meant for free-spirited and even roguish purposes, the Montmartre’s most famous landmark is a church. The Sacré-Cœur basilica (the Basilica of the Sacred Heart) is located on the summit of the Montmartre hill on the highest point in the city. Built entirely of limestone, the church has shined above Paris for longer than a century.
The Montmartre is served by 2 metro lines, 2 and 12. The main stations are Pigalle and Blanche.
It’s worth strolling around the streets of the Montmartre area as you may bump in some fairly cheap venues there.