18th district of Paris is some kind of an exception from the rules. Despite that it is situated on the Right bank, on spirit it absolutely “left-bank”. It is sad, but the bohemian centre of Montmartre is superseded by tourists for a long time already. From a Bohemianism of the last century only a history and memoirs are left here. Modern 18th district one of the cheapest, but because of presence here Montmartre with the glory of a haven of artists it is still very far to “bottom” for this district. The matter is that art workers were not so rich and they were much poorer in comparison with today’s bohemia. Once here lived and painted Toulouse-Lautrec, Modigliani, Picasso. In XIX-XX centuries in galleries of Montmartre were exposed almost every artist of that time. Today there are sidewalk artists selling souvenirs with kinds of Paris and offering to write your portrait on the Tertre Square (Place du Tertre). The 18 district is completely not rich with sights. Perhaps, the unique “classical” monument of architecture is Sacré Cœur Cathedral. From its tower opens very nice view to Paris. The second sight is a Montmartre hill with its uncountable «the house in which lived …» and «cafe in which it was possible to meet …», and also cheap souvenirs you can by here. The basic value of this district, if you decide to stop here, is its spirit which has still kept the poetry and French atmosphere, despite a considerable quantity of tourists and immigrants. And the price of apartments if you want to rent apartment here, will seem to you quite accessible. Quarters of Montmartre:
- Quartier des Grandes-Carrières
- Quartier de Clignancourt
- Quartier de la Goutte-d’Or
- Quartier de La Chapelle
Montmartre is a hill 130 metres high, in the north of Paris, a part of the Right Bank, primarily known for the white-domed Basilica of the Sacre Coeur on its summit and as a nightclub district.
Many artists had studios or worked around the community of Montmartre such as Salvador Dali, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh.
Montmartre is an officially designated historic district with limited development allowed in order to maintain its historic character.
Downhill to the southwest is the red-light district of Pigalle. That area is, today, largely known for a wide variety of sex shops and prostitutes. It also contains a great number of stores specializing in instruments for rock music. There are also several concert halls, also used for rock music.
Moulin Rouge (French for Red Mill or windmill) is a traditional cabaret, built in 1889 by Joseph Oller, who already owned the Paris Olympia. Situated in the red-light district of Pigalle on Boulevard de Clichy, near Montmartre, it is recognized by the large red imitation windmill on its roof. Over the past hundred years, the Moulin Rouge has remained a popular tourist destination, offering musical dance entertainment for adult visitors from around the world. Much of the romance from turn-of-the-century France is still present in the club’s decor.