Stairs of Montmartre, Paris
An officially designated historic district, Montmartre is one of the most colorful neighborhoods in Paris so it's no surprise that this area is a favorite among tourists.
A hill that reaches a height of about 130 meters (427 feet), located in the north of Paris in the 18th arrondissement, Montmartre has long been known as the premier artist's enclave in the city.
The word Montmartre is translated to mean "mountain of the martyr" and was derived from the martyrdom of Saint Denis - the bishop of Paris - who was decapitated atop the hill in 250 AD.
This hill outside the city was settled because, during the 19th century, the emperor Napoleon III had given much of the prime land inside the city to his wealthy friends, who were charged with the task of developing it. The original inhabitants were forced to move to Paris's outskirts where they quickly established their own "town" sans the rules and regulations of the city.
That's part of the reason why Montmartre quickly became a popular drinking area, and by the late 18th century, along with the liquor came a number of entertainment establishments that were less than reputable, like Moulin Rouge and Le Chat Noir (The Black Cat).
During the mid to late 1800s, artists also began calling Montmartre home. Pissarro and Jongkind were two of the first to live there, followed by such greats as Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, Toulouse-Lautrec, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Pablo Picasso, just to name a few. Composers, like Erik Satie, also lived in the area.
As a designated historic area, little development is allowed in Montmartre so, thankfully, it has retained much of its character and village-like charm. Just walking around the district is a treat, but if you want to do some sightseeing or cultural visits, head to the Musée de Montmartre, where artist Maurice Utrillo once lived and painted, as well as the mansion behind it, which was once occupied by Renoir.
A trip to the Montmartre Cemetery is also in order, and guests can view the graves of many great artists. Of course, you may also want to take in dinner and a show at Moulin Rouge or one of the many other nightclubs in the neighborhood.
To get to the top of Montmartre, guests can hop aboard the funicular railroad that ascends the hill from the south toward the Sacré-Coeur Basilica. You can also take the Montmartre Bus which stops near many notable sights on the hill.
Montmartre's most recognizable landmark is the Basilica du Sacré-Coeur, constructed from 1876 to 1912. The white dome of this Roman Catholic basilica sits at the highest point in the city, at the summit of the "butte Montmartre" and the church is visited by millions of tourists each year.
Place du Tertre
Place du Tertre, a square in the 18th arrondissement, is located just a few blocks from the basilica. It is here that today's artists set up their easels and tempt passers-by with their works of art. Many will ask if they can paint your portrait, which - of course - would be a lovely souvenir of Paris.
A treat to visit, Place du Tertre is a throw-back to the days when the world's best artists lived in Montmartre and did the same, eventually forging a name for themselves in the world of art. (Source: aviewoncities/paris)
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carlo62 (12666) 2012-07-02 1:24
la lunga e faticosa scalinata, molto bella e caratteristica, l'ho fatta solo per scendere, ma sono rimasto meravigliato da una signora anziana che la saliva.
Bella composizione, la diagonale del passamano porta lo sguardo al centro della foto. Ottima luce.
ifege (9450) 2012-07-02 3:31
Hi George - I've climbed those steps! A good photo down them.
jlbrthnn (79773) 2012-07-02 4:04
This shop red, is the best effect at the bottom of the stairs. Very nice perspective, with interesting details. The light, colors and sharpness are excellent. Bravo.
Have a nice day
Sergiom (39336) 2012-07-02 4:10
Plus faciles à descendre qu'à monter, mais quelle belle perspective elles offrent sur ce beau petit quartier de Paris. Une très belle image.
Sonata11 (28391) 2012-07-02 4:36
what a beautiful composition of part of this city and ist architecture. Perfect executed. Amazingly composed photo with fantastic POV. I like it a lot. Thanks for sharing.
All the best,
JFS (32189) 2012-07-02 5:31
You captured this "quartier" so well that only at once glance one can say that this is Montmatre. lOVELY colors and sharpness. A delight for the eyes!
dkmurphys (36857) 2012-07-02 7:19
Very beautiful old street in Paris. I like the atmosphere, amazing city.
Have a nice week.
chrislo (2173) 2012-07-02 7:32
Very nice composition with an interesting perspective. It's a timeless picture that could have been taken today or one hundred years ago. The colours are beautiful and your processing brings out the romantic atmosphere of this charming corner perfectly.
TopGeo (37994) 2012-07-02 8:46
Hello George! what an impressive place, beautiful town detail, and fantastic FG perspective that looks charm as and BG! Excelletn POV, excellent framing and composition, great perspective! Flawlessly light management, wonderful colours, excellent definition! Congratulations!
lakshmip1949 (19110) 2012-07-02 9:26
A nice view from the stairs in the foreground. The red color on the facade stands out. I like the colors and atmosphere. The chair is nicely placed for a short rest.
Cricri (86535) 2012-07-02 10:13
Un passage "obligé" à Montmartre, c'est merveilleux, a voir, le Sacré coeur et la place du tertre, pas loin le "moulin rouge", une région de Paris ou j'ai gardée de très beaux souvenirs...
Bon POV du chemin montant avec le réverbère, les détails bien rendu tout comme l'atmosphère, très jolie
madhumita_roy86 (2150) 2012-07-02 11:38
very good photo...
beautiful colour, contrast...
nice perspective...good POV...
good addition of the chair...
chrisvek (5515) 2012-07-02 15:22
Very nice shoot of this small street very great atmosphere.So romantic and peaceful.Very nice POV and details.Well done!
Have a nice week
npecanhuk (53919) 2012-07-02 16:56
What a charming urban environment!
What a beautiful and lovely picture of it!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov, vertical format, black & white border, contrasts and composition are all oustanding photo qualities and they all really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
divail (7237) 2012-07-02 19:25
C'est une belle perspective, très colorée avec le commerce peint en rouge. Les pavés usés sont bien en valeur, ainsi que le lampadaire. J'ai une photo de ces escaliers dans mes archives.
p.s. Je ne sais pas comment utiliser le nouvel onglet I've traveled here. Savez-vous pourquoi j'ai toujours un message d'erreur lorsque je l'utilise ?
jjcordier (62394) 2012-07-02 22:12
Ces célèbres escaliers ne sont pas si faciles que ça à photographier et j'aime le point de vue que tu as choisi, l’échoppe rouge accrochant bien le regard.
vasilpro (40194) 2012-07-02 23:20
Wonderful composition, beautiful street view with interesting architecture elements, lovely light and colors, excellent high POV, very good clarity and sharpness, TfS!
Have a nice day, Vasilis.
Graal (88982) 2012-07-03 0:19
Jó napot George,
nice reportage from Montmartre in Paris. Good shot from high POV and presentation of stairs. Photo is well done.
Have a nice day.
bema (25936) 2012-07-03 0:25
a nice remind to a stay there and walking up and down those stairs, too.. have been a young adult, when beiing at Paris, but i was mostly impressed by this fantastic city and all it´s great buildings and beauties...
have a nice day, see you around, cheers Bernd
amaryllis (30149) 2012-07-03 23:59
je ne peux laisser passer cette photo de cet endroit de Paris que j'affectionne tout particulièrement avec un cadrage en plongée, car bien souvent on prend le côté montant, et là, on voit bien les pavés et les boutiques qui ajoutent une note de couleur
une superbe réalisation
holmertz (26982) 2012-07-04 10:30
Although there are no people this time this is still a very attractive composition. The steep steps, the lampposts and the red lower part of the façade all provide eye-catching elements and recreate the atmosphere of the city.
Angshu (51174) 2012-07-05 3:03
Very nice, especially with the red paint staring at us from the foot of the staircase. Well defined perspective & the chair on the right also creates a strong focal point!
cornejo (18130) 2012-07-13 12:02
György Hello, very good and excellent view of this beautiful and charming place, very good framing and sharpness. Lovely job very well done, congratulations. Tfs.
Good afternoon and happy weekend, my friend.
Best regards and best wishes.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-08-18
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/6.7, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-07-02 0:53