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What to see in Montmartre

There are few places in the world these days that maintain the atmosphere and scents from another era, and one such place is Montmartre.

Travel to the bohemian neighborhood of Paris, located in the 18th arrondissement, and you will encounter numerous cobblestone streets, vintage shops, and bistro cafes.

Its artistic heritage stands out as many famous artists such as Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec lived and worked there.

Below you will find information on what to see and do in Montmartre.

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Once an agricultural village dominated by windmills and vineyards, Montmartre has transformed into a hub of intellectual and artistic activity. Every corner you turn, you’ll experience the charm that it holds.

You can visit its vineyard, Clos Montmartre, which produces a small amount of wine every year.

1) Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Built on the highest hill, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart stands out with its white color. Crowds of tourists sit on its steps and gaze at the view of Paris. It is one of the most important landmarks, as it was built in honor of the 58,000 soldiers who died in the Franco-Prussian War.

Its interior is equally impressive, with the ceiling covered with one of the most extensive mosaics in France. Don’t miss the opportunity to climb its dome and enjoy an amazing view. However, you will have to climb 300 steps.

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Many tourists and locals enjoy the view, either sitting on the steps of the church or having a picnic on the grass.

Hours of operation:  Daily from 6:30-22.30

Ticket price: Free to enter the church and 8 € to go up to the dome

To reach the dome, exit the church and head towards the left side of the church. Don’t forget that there is no elevator and you have to climb 300 steps.

2) Portrait

Until today Montmartre is still a pillar of art, with numerous itinerant painters in Montmartre setting up their easels in the Place du Tertre. Experience one of the most beautiful souvenir experiences as they capture your likeness on paper.

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3) Ride with the train

If you tire of walking, the white train is ideal for your ride in Montmartre. You will get a full view of Montmartre as it passes through the main streets.

4) Moulin Rouge

One of the most legendary cabarets, which has been in operation since 1889 and is one of the most photographed places, is worth visiting. Its name means “red mill”. Enjoy the music and dance show featuring the famous cancan dance performed by distinguished artists, which lasts two hours.

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5) Museo de Montmartre

Visit the Montmartre museum, which is dedicated to the history and culture of the area, and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. There, you’ll find exhibitions showcasing the artistic heritage of the region, as well as a collection of artworks by local artists.

Hours of operation: Daily from 10:00-19:00

Ticket price: 15€

6) I love you wall

On this unique wall, you will encounter the phrase “I love you” in more than 300 languages, including Greek, boldly written in black letters. It is the creation of Frédéric Baron and Claire Kito, to promote love and peace in the world. The Wall of Love is located a short walk away from the Abbesses metro station, specifically in the small park of Square Jehan Rictus.

7) La Maison Rose

This restaurant stands out for its pink color, making it one of the most popular spots for photography in Montmartre. It’s located on Abreuvoir and Saules street and was a meeting point for artists and writers such as Pablo Picasso, Amadeo Modigliani, and Gertrude Stein. Here, you can enjoy the delicious food it offers and feel the atmosphere of another era within a vintage decor.

8) Cafe des Deux Moulins

If you’ve seen the movie Amélie, then you’ll recognize this particular historic café. Thanks to the film, it has gained a special reputation and many people visit it to take a photo and eat in a space that has a colorful mosaic floor, wooden paneling, and elaborate mirrors.

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