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Stretching from the middle of Montmartre into the 9th arrondissement, the historic Rue des Martyrs is one of Paris’ most charming streets, Boasting over 200 small businesses and a history rivalling most streets in the historic area, Rue des Martyrs is a must visit on any trip to Paris.

The road of martyrs got its current name for allegedly being the spot where Saint Denis was beheaded. Over the course of the past three centuries the road has been home to many notable residents – and incidents.

Behind the Doors

Number 8 rue des martyrs was once a brothel. It was here that former senator and presidential candidate Antoine Dubost died in 1921.

Number 10, is the site of painted advertisements for Ripolin painting and Benedictine liquor from 1908. Discovered in 2012, the paintings are now listed as historical moments in France.

The French painter Horace Vernet and British painter Richard Parks Bonington both lived at number 11.

At number 13, the writer and theatre critic Paul Léautaud used to live with his father. He would later move to number 21.

It is said that at number 22, the eighth wonder of the world, Andre the Giant got his start in professional wrestling.

Number 23 rue des Martyrs was once home to a number of notable residents. Firstly, French lawyer and politician Jacques Antoine Manuel and later the studio of painter Théodore Géricault. It was also the fictional home of Étienne Lousteau and Dinah de La Baudraye, characters in Balzac’s Comédie humaine.

Number 40 was once home to one of France’s greatest composers, Maurice Ravel.

The painter and illustrator Louis Vallet made number 46 rue des Martyrs his home in 1924.

The Death of Géricault by Ary Scheffer, 1824.

Number 49 was the home of Théodore Gericault, who also died in the building after falling from his horse.

No. 59 was once the site of the Hôtel du Président Lamoignon de Malesherbes. Today, it is the private, gated road, Cité Malesherbes, where in 1943, French legend Johnny Hallyday was born.

Johnny Hallyday was born on the former site of No, 59 rue des Martyrs

No. 65 is today the Alfred-Stevens impasse, named after the famous Belgian painter who made it his home from 1970 to 1882.

75 rue des martyrs is home to Le Divan du Monde. Once a ballroom and cafe for concerts, it regularly attracted the likes of Picasso and Willette. Today, the space has become home to concerts and club nights under the same name.

At number 84 is the covert recording studio Motorbass. Kanye West and Pharrell have both recorded in the studio.

How To Get There

Rue des martyrs passes through 3 metro stations on the metro line 12. Abbesses, Pigalle and Notre-Dame-de-Lorette will all leave you a few metres from the historic street.

If you’re staying with us, you can reach rue des Martyrs on foot, a few hundred metres from the hostel.

Book with us now and discover Montmartre on your doorstep!