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Paris 18th District - 18eme Arrondissement

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Paris 18th District

Paris 18th District is located on the Rive Droite and is commonly known as Quartier de la Butte Montmartre.

It includes:

Quartier des Grandes Carrières, Quartier de Clignancourt, Quartier de la Goutte d’Or and Quartier de la Chapelle.

A traditionally populous district, Paris 18th District was born from the merging of the arty Montmartre and working class Clignancourt and La Chapelle villages.

Clenini Curtis - Clignancourt developed after the Roman conquest at the junction of the actual Rue Marcadet and Rue du Mt-Cenis and belonged to St-Denis Abbey.

The actual Clignancourt is divided in two areas.

Haut Clignancourt spreads on the Montmartre hillside.

Bas Clignancourt stretches at the junction of the Rue de Clignancourt, Rue Ramey and Rue des Poissonniers.

It is the most populated Parisian district, where middle-class, working-class and artists live side by side.

Beautiful private gardens can still be found in a hidden yard or between old buildings.

La Chapelle village was named after a chapel erected in a natural depression located along the Gallic path that linked antic Paris to the north of France.

The site Pas de la Chapelle or La Chapelle-St-Denis belonged to Abbey of St-Denis.

In 1429 Joan of Arc set up her camp in this area when she attempted to free Paris from the English and prayed in the chapel before going to St-Denis’ grave.

Clignancourt and La Chapelle were integrated into Paris in 1860.

Late 18th century, cabarets, inns, music halls and entertainment halls appeared by the toll gates (octroi) of the fiscal Mur des Fermiers Généraux.

The fiscal wall was pulled down after the French Revolution and later replaced by the Boulevard de Clichy and Rochechouart.

These boulevards have been the Mecca of night life since the late 19th century.

This is where you'll find the Moulin Rouge.

La Chapelle and Clignancourt attracted also the workers employed for the construction of the nearby railway stations Gare du Nord, Gare de l'Est and Gare St-Lazare.

The Quartier de la Goutte d'Or is today mostly inhabited by African immigrants.

It was renown as early as the 15th century for its vineyards that produced an excellent white wine, hence its name.

The Rue de la Goutte d’Or linked the hamlet to the Rue des Poissonniers.

The Quartier des Grandes Carrières is located by the Cimetière de Montmartre, at the foot of the Butte Montmartre.

It was named after the ancient gypsum quarries that were exploited until the 18th century and produced the renown plâtre de Paris - plaster.

Montmartre thrived under the protection of its influential abbey from the 11th century to the French Revolution.

It became the cradle of the insurrection known as Paris Commune in 1871 and became the haunt of the artists from the Belle-Epoque to WWI.

Its rich history is reflected in its many ancient ad recent tourist sites.

These include of course the Sacré-Coeur Basilica and St-Pierre de Montmartre, one of the oldest churches in Paris, but also the superb Art Nouveau St-Jean-de-Montmartre.

The latter overlooks Place des Abbesses where you'll find the stunning Art Nouveau Metro entrance Abbesses.

Two major modern art works, Le Mur des Je t'aime and Le Passe-Muraille, are also a Must See when in the district!

Abandoned and forgotten for decades, the once populous Paris 18th District is under total redevelopment and has become a well sought after area.

Metro stations serving Paris 18th District

Line 2: Place de Clichy, Blanche, Pigalle, Anvers, Barbès-Rochechouart, La Chapelle, Stalingrad
Line 4: Porte de Clignancourt, Simplon, Marcadet-Poissonniers, Château Rouge, Barbès-Rochechouart
Line 12: Porte de la Chapelle, Max Dormoy, Marcadet-Poissonniers, Jules Joffrin, Lamarck-Caulaincourt, Abbesses, Pigalle
Line 13: Porte de St-Ouen, La Fourche, Guy Môquet, Place de Clichy

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