This territory, located on top of a hill, and crowned by the unmistakable white dome of the Basilica of the Sacre Coeur, it was an independent territory until 1860, when it was annexed to Paris, thus becoming the 18th district of the city.
Historically it is known as the bohemian neighborhood. Through its cobbled and steep alleys, artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas or Toulouse-Lautrec walked around with their easel under their arms. But also, and although perhaps this is his least known facet, it was the place where, thanks to a bet, Louis Renault planted the seed of what would become one of the most important technological advances of our era: the automobile.
Anyone who climbs the 197 steps (there is a funicular, for the more lazy) can get soaked with that carefree environment that still persists in a way, and that has its greatest exponent in the Place du Tertre, where painters and artisans mingle with tourists in a sea of cobbled roads, colored umbrellas and small cafes and bistros, each one more charming than the previous one.