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Montmartre’s Monument to the Chevalier de la Barre

Amidst the hustle of the butte Montmartre, sits a statue with a gruesome backstory. The sculpture of François-Jean de la Barre, a young man murdered for his religious intolerance, also has its own history. In 1765 Catholicism was both the state religion and the religion of the majority of...

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R-26: Montmartre’s Forgotten Artistic Salon

The outbreak of World War I largely evaporated the artistic community in Montmartre. As Picasso, Dali and Degas et al relocated to Montparnasse, a private intellectual breeding ground would emerge on Rue Norvins. Known to its members as R-26, the salon became a meeting ground for some of the...

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Montmartre’s Historic Rue Norvins

Montmartre is a myriad of historic pathways that became mythical roads. Rue Norvins is no different. Montmartre’s busiest street, its charming cobbled streets have paved the way for the area’s artists for centuries. Rue Norvins dates as far back as 1672, where it was included on Albert Jouvin de...

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Amedeo Modigliani: The Vagabond Prince of Montmartre

At the turn of the 20th century, Montmartre was a haven for penniless painters. Riddled with poverty, it became home to starving artists from across the world and would become the birthplace of famed artistic movements. Amedeo Modigliani’s story embodies that history. Amedeo was born in Liverno, Italy to...

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Montmartre’s Other Church: Église Saint-Pierre de Montmartre

In the shadows of the world famous Sacré-Cœur Basilica, is Montmartre’s second most famous church, Église Saint-Pierre. Unknown to most who pass it, the church is one of the oldest in Paris, and has a storied history. A Testament to Parisian History It’s not known exactly when the L’église...

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The Parks of Montmartre

Although there are technically no parks in Montmartre, there are a few of what the city calls ‘green spaces’. Here are the best of them. Square Marcel Bleustein Blanchet Situated on the corners of rue de la Bonne and rue de Chavalier de la Barre; the Square Marcel Bleustein...

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