Montmatre – A hill in Paris

Montmartre is a hill located in the north of Paris and is actually known as the highest point of the city. This area known as Montmartre is at a height of about 130 meters from which Paris can be observed in a very different way. This way, this Paris spot has such special characteristics that turn it into a very unique place.

Arial view of Sacre Coeur in Montmatre in Paris, France.

The history of Montmartre

The name Montmartre owes its origins to the term “Mont des Martyrs”. This area was known as the “Mont des Martyrs due to the fact that the archdeacon Eleuthere, the priest Rustique and the bishop Saint Denis were all decapitated around the year 270 at this spot of Paris.

During the 12th century, an important abbey was established in Montmartre after a Benedictine group built their religious building in this area. It was not until the 1800’s that this area started becoming highly visited and gaining an important amount of activity.

Since the 19th century, Montmartre started becoming an area characterized by artistic activities. This way, this area almost became a must for every artist in Paris who wish to show their art works, and an important amount of them not only exhibit their products in this area but live in it as well.

This area is one of a kind due to the fact that it is very rich in history and unique in lifestyle and every visitor who enjoys art and its history should not miss it. Most artists who visit Paris visit Montmartre before any other spot, since not only the history but the roots of many important moments of the artistic world are related to this place.

The art scene

Many of the most famous artists of the entire world have lived and exhibited their art works in Mortmartre. Picasso is an example of this, since he has not only shown some of his art works in this area but made it his home for many years as well.

Just like this amazing artist, many others have lived in this area, some of them more successful than others but all of them having in common some bohemian lifestyle which characterizes the mood of Montmartre.

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