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Montmarte

Montmarte is a 130 metre high hill in northern Paris. Several well-known artists worked on this hill like Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, and Claude Monet. The most prominent landmark is the Basilica of the Sacra Coeur with its white domes. Many Paris apartments and resort hotels are also situated in Montmarte, as well as restaurants and nightclubs. 

In the early 1900s, many who embraced the bohemian lifestyle took up residence on the hill, but, after World War II, the area began to undergo a facelift. While some mourned the loss of some of the old buildings, the district today is attractive and those looking for a luxury Paris apartment can find no better place to stay while they visit the city.

The hill has an interesting history. King Henry IV discharged his ammunition on the city from the top of Montmarte during the Siege of Paris in 1590. Eventually a mass of relief soldiers forced his retreat. Then, later in the 1800s, the Russians bombarded the city from Montmarte. During their occupation there, they set up bistros and were credited with launching the bistro idea on Paris. By the end of the 1800s and into the early 1900s, the hill was a place for drinking and shows. The famous cabaret at Le Chat Noir, Moulin Rouge, played during this time.

During the mid-1800s, artists began to settle Montmarte. Montmarte became the art district of Paris. Art associations formed and many individual artists took up residence and worked on some of their most famous pieces on the hill. Gen Paul was born on Montmarte in 1895, and he is known as one of the last bohemian artists to live in the district. He mainly worked on expressionist lithographs. He died in 1975.

Today, Ru Saint-Vincent still has a small vineyard where wine is produced and they have a yearly Feast of Gardens there after the harvest. The two cemeteries are important landmarks for anyone visiting the district. Many notable artists are interred in Montmarte and Saint-Vincent Cemeteries. For public transportation, a Montmarte bus circles the area and the RATP funicular railway makes its way up the hill from downtown. Those who have found Paris vacation rentals can enjoy local walking tours, explore the churches in historic Montmarte, and they have easy access to all of Paris and the many landmarks and attractions in the heart of the city.