Montmartre History : The hill set in the heart of Paris offers more than just a splendid view

Montmartre hill is a very popular place in Paris ... you may not be alone when visiting it. Montmartre is renowned for its history and the famous painters who lived there but also for the unique point of view offered on Paris.

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Montmartre History

Though it was a sacred hill from the Roman Temples period to the Abbey of Montmartre and the political tone of Henri the IV, Montmartre preserved its cultural and artistic identity by offering a home to the greatest painting movements of the XIX and XX centuries (Impressionnism, Cubism, Fauvism, Futurism, Surrealism). Today, Montmartre remains alive with six million visitors who like to stroll along the narrow cobblestone streets of old Paris while taking in the historical and cultural atmosphere.

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Montmartre Artists

Set on a hill 130 meters high, Montmartre looks out over the city. Many immortal painters lived and worked in Paris during the late 19th century, Montmartre and its counterpart on the Left Bank, Montparnasse, became the principal artistic centers of Paris : artists, sculptors and writers moved into the area because of its proximity to the center of Paris, and its cheap rents. Painters like Picasso,  Modigliani, Van Gogh, Renoir, Degas, Toulouse Lautrec, and other lived and worked here.

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