Montmartre in particular has been a favourite haunt of writers, painters and other creative types for centuries. Situated to the north of the city, secreted beneath the impressive, if not a little pastiche, Sacré Coeur, Montmartre has managed to maintain its quiet, rural origins. The best time to explore Montmartre is in the early evening. Take a leisurely stroll through its winding streets and enjoy the pleasant abundance of restaurants and cafes, which litter every pavement. Visit the Sacré Coeur around the same time and you’ll be treated to a fantastic view of Paris.


On the top of the "Butte" of Montmartre right around the corner from the Place Du Tertre, is the Espace Dalí. Here reside 300 original art works by the master of surrealism, Salvador Dalí, including sculptures, prints, paintings, book illustrations, furniture and more. Fascinating book illustrations for such tomes as Alice in Wonderland and Don Quixote allowed Dalí to add his surrealist touches to well known fictional characters. A series of large, bright, colourful prints from the 60s done in a sort of Warhol style depict all sorts of sexual delights, perversions and frustrations. That and the outrageous collection of sculptures and his tripped out furniture steal the show.


Sacré Coeur Paris
Sacré Coeur
On the highest point of Montmartre is the famous and beautiful Basilique du Sacré-Coeur, which is built in an oriental, neo-Byzantine style. After riding the funicular (a special elevator that moves up at a 45 degree angle) one can see the Byzantin-Romanesque church that can be seen from all over the city. Built from 1878 (after France's defeat in the Franco-Prussian War) to 1919, the church's interior isn't as striking as its exterior. The steps in front of the church come alive around dusk, when street musicians entertain the crowd that gathers to watch the city's lights come on. The crypt contains what some of the devout believe is Christ's sacred heart - hence, the name of the church.


The Church of St-Pierre de Montmartre is among three churches believed to be older then Notre Dame de Paris.
This is all that remains of the Benedictine Abbey of Montmartre, consecrated in 1147 and closed during the Revolution (at which time the hill was temporarily renamed ‘Mont-Marat’). It was a place of pilgrimage for such illustrious personalities as Thomas Becket, King Charles VI, Joan of Arc, and Ignatius Loyola. The nave of this church can be accessed from the Place du Tertre. This church also gives concerts from time to time.


At 75 rue Lepic is the Moulin de la Galette, which atmosphere was immortalized by
Pierre-Auguste Renoir's 1876 painting.


The Saint-Jean-l'Evangéliste church, a Paris’ evangelist church, overlooks the Place des Abbesses from its south side. It is constructed of reinforced concrete made to look like red brick, so it is called 'Saint-Jean-des-Briques.'
This Church, dated 1904, has an Islamic architectural flavour and an Art Nouveau flower motif on the interior.


The area of Montmartre with its village atmosphere has inspired many artists. Located in a 17th-century mansion on this famous hill, the little museum tells the political and religious history of the small and picturesque village through various documents, artefacts and art. Among the highlights of the museum is a collection of paintings by Modigliani and Toulouse-Lautrec, as well as mementoes from great composers such as Gustave Charpentier.


The Halle St-Pierre, a 19th century marketplace, is a gallery and cultural center that holds temporary exhibits of outsiders, naif and folks artists. This place houses the permanent collection of the Musée d’Art Naif Max Fourny, with works of folk arts from all over the world.


Close by the Basilica du Sacré Coeur is the Place du Tertre; usually completely covered with tables and bright umbrellas... and artists. Don't expect to find Gauguin, or many Parisians here, but it is certainly harmless fun. This is the place to come if you want to get your portrait, or that of your travel companion, drawn. Walk around this small square and look over the shoulder of an artist as he draws someone; or drink a coffee at one of the cafes which line every inch of the square.


Place des Abbesses is the real heart of Montmartre.


Moulin Rouge
Moulin Rouge
Le Moulin Rouge is certainly the most famous cabaret of the World. Since Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, at the beginning of the twentieth century, le Moulin Rouge is one of the legendary monuments of Paris. Edith Piaf, Yves Montand, Ginger Rogers, Lisa Minnelli, Frank Sinatra are one of the world famous stars who came to Le Moulin Rouge. We can't neither forget the French Cancan's period with La Goulue or Josephine Baker, Mistinguett and Maurice Chevalier. Today, you'll discover folklores from all over the world, in a festive atmosphere. And you will also see the real French Cancan. The scenes of the show are intersperse with acrobats, and clowns, who are very talented.


The Montmartre Hill is the one of the highest of Paris, it rises 100 meters above the level of the Seine. The slope is rather steep; a Funicular allows the tourists to access without effort to the top of the Hill. A staircase nearby makes it possible for courageous persons. The first funicular of Montmartre entered in service in 1900: the propulsion of the two cabins was ensured by a water counterweight. In 1931 the concession ended. In 1935 it is a new funicular which entered in service using two vehicles, the displacement of the unit being ensured by the electric power. In 1991 the funicular is again modernized in order to transport more people, still using electricity for traction and water as a counterweight.


The Stade De France of St-Denis, is the largest sports stadium in France with an 80,000 capacity. Instigated by France's hosting of the last soccer World Cup of the 20th century in 1998, the role of the stadium is to be the home of France's major sporting events in football, rugby and athletics. The structure, which was built on a site previously occupied by a derelict gasworks in the northern Paris suburb of St. Denis, was built in less than three years by a public/private sector partnership. Construction of the stadium started at the beginning of May 1995 and was completed on November 30th 1997. At its peak, 1,500 people worked on the construction.


The center of nudity in Paris was named after a French sculptor, Pigalle, whose closest brush with nudity was a depiction of Voltaire in the buff. Toulouse-Lautrec had his studio right off the square at 5 av. Frochot. Of course, place Pigalle was the notorious "Pig Alley" of World War II. When Edith Piaf was lonely and hungry, she sang in the alleyways, hoping to earn a few francs for the night. This area is the home of famous cabarets and night-clubs such as the Moulin Rouge, le Folies Pigalle and le Folies Bergère.