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Montmarte Paris

In 250 A.D., the then Bishop of Paris, Saint Denis was killed at the Hills of Montmarte. That’s where the name come from – Montmarte meaning the “the mountain of the martyr”. It is the 18th arrondissement of Paris and houses a hill of about 130 meters height. Montmarte is well-recognized for being a place where many artists had lived and set their studios up. It is also known for liquor and other entertainment shops, especially in the areas of Moulin Rouge and Le Chat Noir. The popular artists who came to settle own at Montmarte are Pissarro, Jongkind, Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, Toulouse-Lautrec, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Pablo Picasso.
Unlike the buzzing city of Paris and hotels in France, Montmarte has a village-like atmosphere with simple hotel accomodations. Many tourists prefer to take a walk around the city. There are three important landmarks associated with the hill. At the base of the hill are the Boulevard de Clichy and Boulevard de Rochechouart, one on either side. The metro stations Blanche and Anvers border the two Boulevards. The top of the hill is where the spectacular big white church called the Basilica of Sacre-Coeur situated thus making the buildings position in a triangular structure. The “petit-train”, a small white train runs a well-known ride towards the top of the hill, starting from the stations at Blanche and Anvers. There are also buses ascending the hill with stops at many sights through the hills.
The Basilica of Sacre-Coeur
Millions of tourists visit this place every year. It took 40 years to complete the Basilica of Sacre-Coeur, from 1876 to 1912. This is a Roman Catholic Basilica with white Dome on the top, which is said to be notable even from far. Tourists are allowed to climb up the Dome, from where a panoramic view of the city could be seen. It costs jut 5 Euros. Butte Montmarte is what the highest point in the hill called. The Basilica of Sacre-Coeur has an important history with it. During the World War II, 13 bombs were shed on this building, yet none was injured nor was the Basilica subjected to any damage. Hence, the place is considered sacred and divinely powerful, largely attracting people moving to France.
Musee de Montmarte
Like any other city in Paris, Montmarte holds an artistic museum. This museum is especially popular because it was the home of the famous artist Maurice Utrillo, once upon a time. Also, the museum is said to include a mansion just behind the main building where the art genius Renoir had spent some time living and painting.
Place du Tertre, Church of Saint Pierre, The Clos Montmarte Vineyard, Bateau Lavoire are other must-see places at Montmarte.

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