Monday, August 31, 2015

Mont Martre, Paris

Mont Martre is a 130 meter high hill in the northern part of Paris. It also refers to the area around the hill. The Mont Martre area is primarily night clubs. During the Belle Epoch, 1872-1914, the area was home to many artists such as Picasso, Toulouse La Trec, Salvador Dali, Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh, Maurice Utrillo, Matisse and Modigliano.The two photos below show artists and a street cafe on a square in Mont Martre.

On top of the hill sits the church Sacre Couer, built by subscriptions from the people between 1876 and 1919. It was built to remember the suffering of the French people in the Franco-Prussian War and the Paris Commune of 1871. Sacre Couer is shown in the two photos below.

In the photo above on the left you can see a tower from the church of Saint Pierre de Montmartre, built in about 1134 and still standing.

The photo below is a view of Paris from just below Sacre Couer. The Eiffel Tower is to the right, blocked by the trees.

To get to the top of the hill where Sacre Couer is one either rides a bus or a small train(no tracks), walks up stairs or takes a funicular. We chose the funicular going up and walked the stairs going down. The photo below shows a group of actors performing before a small audience just below Sacre Couer.

Below is a small square in the Mont Martre area.

The photo below shows an outdoor eating area for a cafe. A set of stairs begins on the left side, whee the people appear to be heading.

Below is a street musician situated at the top of the stairs. I don't know what instrument he is playing. If you do please let me know in a comment. He seemed to be good and his music was enjoyable.

These are the stairs that we went down that the musician was playing at the top

These two shops were located at the bottom of the stairs.

A look back up the stairs.

It ain't France if you don't see a Citroen automobile.

A tavern.

The last set of stairs leaving Mont Martre.