Montmartre is a famous hill in Paris, with history but fading character. The Russians occupied Montmartre during their invasion of the city during the Battle of Paris in 1814. Over the years it has been home to a number of famous artists, including Claude Monet, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, and Salvador Dalí. These days it is home to beautiful cobblestoned streets and tacky souvenirs. It is worth a visit, sure, but even the view of Paris isn’t as spectacular as you might expect, for all of its hype. There are two famous churches here: Basilica of the Sacré Cœur, and Saint Pierre de Montmartre, the latter of which claims to be the birthplace of the Jesuit order. Its name means Mountain of the Martyr, in honor of Saint Denis, the patron saint of France who was decapitated on the hill, circa 250 AD.
|The cobblestoned streets of Montmartre. |
|Looking back up the hill toward Basilica of the Sacré Cœur; Montmartre. |
|The entrance of Village Montmartre, where you can buy overpriced souvenirs and mulled wine.|