Atmosphere of Montmartre
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 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.
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 & wikipedia)
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besnard (48793) 2012-09-29 2:16
Une bonne photo de ce célèbre quartier toujours animé.
Bravo et bon week-end.
SNOOP_Chan (3474) 2012-09-29 2:39
Hello George, nice photo here, i like this type of street scenes. Paris is so alive, never been there but i'd like to. Good note also.
snunney (67346) 2012-09-29 3:50
We have a set of place mats featuring restaurants and cafés in Paris, one of which is Le Consulat, so it is very interesting to see it in real life as it were. The point of view is well chosen and the animated atmosphere typical of Montmartre very well captured. Good saturated colours and excellent sharpness. Thanks for sharing and bon weekend!
timecapturer (30334) 2012-09-29 3:58
I love Montmartre and this shot captures its atmosphere and fascination superbly. Beautiful colours and detail that gives a great impression of its appeal. Wonderful!
Enjoy the weekend - best wishes Brian.
cornejo (18088) 2012-09-29 5:35
Hello György, great picture of the atmosphere of this beautiful district of Paris. Very good and nice picture nicely composed and performed, and technically very good quality. Chaming job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Tfs.
Good afternoon and happy Sunday.
Best regards and best wishes.
Sergiom (39259) 2012-09-29 6:10
Tu nous montre une très belle animation dans les rues de Montmartre. J'aime beaucoup ces scènes de rues animées et colorées sous une très belle lumière.
jlbrthnn (79773) 2012-09-29 8:23
This is of course a neighborhood to see. This is a good framing and point of view appropriate. Light and the quality are excellent. Bravo.
Have a nice day
mauro61 (52527) 2012-09-29 8:47
Hai ben colto lo spirito di questo famoso angolo della città riportandone una bella immagine.
Colori vivi e perfetta definizione.
Cricri (86463) 2012-09-29 8:49
Ah Montmartre, un quartier que j'aime beaucoup, j'aime l'animation qui s'y trouve, les artiste peintres, les vendeurs, bon POV montrant la galerie d'art et tout ces passants sous une belle lumière, très beau souvenir et belle réalisation pour moi
SWEETFREEDOM (18417) 2012-09-30 0:23
you depicted very well the athmosphere of this place. very nice street scene.
siamesa (27449) 2012-09-30 9:31
Boa tarde George
Very interesting register of daily life there. Full of movement. Very well captured.
dkmurphys (36819) 2012-09-30 14:08
Very picturesque old street with that wonderful atmosphere from the past times. Well seen, enjoy a good week.
abmdsudi (26281) 2012-10-01 7:18
Superb street scene and I love the lively chaotic feel to it. Perspective wise the eye is drawn all the way through diagonally and there is loads of interest around to explore in awesome colors. A strong composition, bringing out the typical colors and architecture in the best possible way and you have captured that impression nicely Great capture, light and shade managed very well and the crowd add vitality to the shot. Congrats and TFS
Silvio1953 (98183) 2012-10-03 8:16
Ciao George, great view of beautiful place, lovely animated composition with nice people, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
amaryllis (30149) 2012-10-03 23:50
Avec ta réalisation tu nous montres bien l'ambiance de cet endroit si fréquenté par les touristes, celui de Montmartre avec ces peintres, ses boutiques,les rues pavées et là une météo clémente donc agréable à la promenade et découverte pour ces touristes
Ta série sur Paris est superbe
Schnappilic (7929) 2012-10-08 11:12
This is my favorite district of Paris. I remembered very well this place. Indeed it'a great atmosphere there. TFS!
All the best,
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-08-18
- Categories: Daily Life, Food, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/6.7, 1/180 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-29 2:03