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.