Montmartre – a district, a hill and a street of artists in Paris
Montmartre is the highest hill in Paris, the name of the 18th municipal district. It has a reputation of a bohemian and relaxed area of the capital of France. Tourists are attracted by the world famous attractions of the area. The Sacre Coeur Basilica – the symbol of Paris – is located at the very top of the hill. The Roman-Byzantine style of construction impresses with stained-glass windows, a monumental mosaic, the bell “Savoyar” of 19 tons. Here in the crypt stands the world-famous statue of the Savior of mankind with a flaming heart. Two more churches decorated the hill: Saint-Pierre and Saint-Jean-de-Montmartre. You can see the famous cancan in the Moulin Rouge, the famous cabaret. Montmartre was flooded with portrait painters, graphic artists and caricaturists. In the heart of Montmartre, on Tertre Square (the French call it Artist Square), you can buy paintings by famous, and not so, French painters. The square became the center of the artistic elite of Paris. Walking along the square of Emile Hood, you will see the house in which the Models, Picasso, Jacob, Braque, Salmon lived. It is called Bateau Lavoir. By its shape, the building resembles a floating barge for washing clothes, which is why it is named in French as “ship-laundry”. The facade of the building is decorated with photographs of famous painters. Inside the house, artists set up workshops. Fans of Salvador Dali will have the opportunity to visit the artist’s museum store. It is located in the center of the Champ of Mars. Works of the Spanish eccentric “live” a thousand square meters: 330 paintings, sculptures, prints, illustrations for the works. The sad but famous monument of Montmartre architecture is the cemetery. It has more than 20 thousand graves. Tombstones of famous personalities are architectural masterpieces. Here they found their last refuge Berlioz, A. Duma-son, Stendhal, P. Viardot, J. Offenbach, Edgar Degas, Dalida, V. Nizhinsky and many others. The creator of St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Pillar of Alexandria in St. Petersburg, Henri Louis Auguste Ricard de Moferrand also rests in this cemetery. Pay attention to the signs of the Masons on his tombstone. Here the dancer Gulu, the founder of the cancan, is also buried. In the city of lovers, there can be no attractions dedicated to love. The wall of love on Montmartre by artists F. Baron and C. Quito holds the inscription: “I love you” in two hundred languages of the world. On the streets of Montmartre, you can meet Isabelle Geoffroy (ZAZ), a popular singer in our time, who is compared with Edith Piaf. Since she earned her first fee here, she often sings in the square, giving people a good mood. Montmartre boasts the largest flea market in Saint-Owen in Europe, which has it all. If you were in Paris and did not visit Montmartre, it means that you came to the capital of France in vain. The road to the heart of Paris (how to get there) If you relax at the seaside resorts, then it will be easy to get to Paris, you just need to choose a means of transportation: plane, train or car. In the capital, Montmartre is best served by metro. Take line 2, get off at Anvers station. Then you climb 237 steps up the stairs, or you overcome this distance by funicular. Montmartrain Tourist Train is located in Pigalle Square. It departs from the Jules Joffrin subway station. We offer one more option: get off at the Abbesses metro station (line 12) and go up on foot, admiring the Parisian streets. The more, the cheaper (prices for excursions and transport) An individual excursion to Montmartre will cost about 120 euros. As part of a small group, it will cost 25 euros per person. Choosing a tourist train, the costs will be as follows: adult ticket – 5.5 euros, children (4-11 years) – 2 euros cheaper. Having bought a ticket, you can take a Montmartrobus tourist bus to the hill itself. Moreover, the bus stops near significant places of interest. Subway and bus tickets cost the same: adult – 1.4 euros, children – 0.7 euros. Take note that buying 10 tickets saves 15%. For your convenience, a Paris Visite tourist card is issued. It has different options, including a different number of zones and days (up to 5 days and zones). It costs up to 56 euros. Its owner moves for free on any type of transport. Sacre Coeur Cathedral also has free entrance, but a visit to the crypt and dome costs 5 euros. A ticket to the Montmartre Museum is divided into age categories. Students from 18 to 25 years old will pay 7.50 euros for admission, children from 10 to 17 years old – 5.5 euros, admission up to 10 years is free. Everyone else was less fortunate: for them, a ticket would cost 9.5 euros. The cost of entry to a cabaret and other entertainment venues starts from 25 euros. When Montmartre greets guests (opening hours) The doors to the Temple of Saint-Pierre-de-Montmartre are open every day, even on holidays. You can visit it from 9:30 to 19:00 for free. The Sacre Coeur Basilica is open from 6am to half-past ten. The Montmartre Museum is open all days except Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (September-April), one hour longer from May to August.