Montmartre attracted poor artists and writers who could only afford the low rents outside the city walls. But it is was the village atmosphere of the hilltop settlement that kept them there, and it is that charm which keeps tourists returning again and again. Both frequent and first time visitors will enjoy discovering a hidden side of Montmartre as the guide takes you on a treasure hunt to find each plaque, reading history as you go. It includes several rare pictures from the archives of local historians, and some of sites that are closed to the public. The walks meander through the streets of Montmartre to less famous sites too, such as the tiny Martyr's chapel where St Denis was said to have been executed, the charming Theatre de l'Atelier, and the site of the uprising that led to The Paris Commune. You will learn about the tortured artist Maurice Utrillo, the firebrand revolutionary Louise Michel, and the poet Rimbaud's disastrous love-affair with Verlaine.
Clearly written and well researched, with location maps, three walks and over seventy illustrations, this guide offers you an enjoyable way to learn more about the history of the area.