Located on the Right Bank, is one of the 20 arrondissements of Paris, France. It contains the districts of Menilmontant and Belleville which have welcomed many successive waves of immigration since the middle of the 19th century. Today, Belleville contains the second largest Chinatown in Paris.
The 20th arrondissement is also internationally known for hosting the Pre Lachaise Cemetery where one can find the burials of many famous composers (such as Chopin and Rossini), writers (including Oscar Wilde and Marcel Proust), painters (Pissarro, Jacques-Louis David and others) and Jim Morrison.
Pere Lachaise is the largest cemetery in the city. It is one of the most famous cemeteries in the worl. and reputed to be the world's most-visited cemetery. Located on Boulevard de Menilmontant. Metro station Philippe Auguste on line 2 is next to the main entrance, while the station called Pere Lachaise, on line 3, is 500 metres away. Many prefer metro Gambetta on line 3 as it allows them to enter near the tomb of Oscar Wilde and then walk downhill to visit the rest of the cemetery.
he cemetery takes its name from Pere Francois de la Chaise (1624-1709), confessor to Louis XIV, who lived in the Jesuit house rebuilt in 1682 on the site of the chapel. The property, situated on the hillside from which the king, during the Fronde, watched skirmishing between the Conde and Turenne, was bought by the city in 1804. The cemetery was established by Napoleon I in 1804. Cemeteries had been banned inside Paris in 1786 on the grounds that it presented a health hazard. Several new cemeteries replaced the Parisian ones, outside the precincts of the capital: Montmartre Cemetery in the north, Pere Lachaise in the east, and Montparnasse Cemetery in the south. At the heart of the city, in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, is Passy Cemetery.
During the 1980s Parisian artists and musicians, attracted by the cheaper rents, the numerous vacant large spaces, as well as the old Paris charm of its smaller streets (Belleville was ignored, perhaps spared, during much of the architectural modernization efforts and reparations of the 1960s and 1970s, started moving there. Many artists now live and work in Belleville and studios are scattered throughout the quartier. Some abandoned factories have been transformed into art squats, where several alternative artists and musicians
Discover the back streets of Belleville on the footsteps of Piaf on a private walking tour with one of our professional photographers and experience this village like a local.
See where they shop, eat, and live. You'll see the cemetary of Pere Lachaise and panoramic vies from the Parc Belleville and small typical streets off the beaten path.
An outlying residential area that includes Belleville and the Pere-Lachaise cemetery. The Pere-Lachaise Cemetery is the 20th's greatest landmark, it is the largest and most elite Cemetery in Paris, and perhaps the most famous in the world. It is the last resting-place of Jim Morrison, Edith Piaf, Marcel Proust, Oscar Wilde, Isadora Duncan, Sarah Bernhardt, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, Colette, and many others. This 108 acre museum of french history is used as much as a park as a cemetery and Parisians come here to picnic.
The French singer Edith Piaf grew up there and, according to legend, was born under a lamppost on the steps of the Rue de Belleville. A commemorative plaque can be found at number 72. A true Bellevilloise, Piaf sang and spoke the French language in a way that epitomized the accent de Belleville, which has been compared to the Cockney accent of London, England, although the Parisian dialect is nowadays rarely heard. Belleville is prominently featured in the 2007 biographical film of her life, La Vie En Rose. Other famous Bellevillois include film director Maurice Tourneur, legendary French can-can dancer Jane Avril and popular singer and actor Eddy Mitchell.
Avoiding the typical tourist traps for the most part, this superb tour will show you the secret Montmartre, the hidden corners and unexpected sights which you will capture forever with your cameras. We finish up, nevertheless, at the stunning Sacre Coeur and its panoramic view of Paris, before retiring to a typical bistro in the artists square Place du Tertre and a friendly photo critique of our efforts.
Eric's French Cooking School in Montmartre is a cozy studio to have fun, learn to make French dishes, taste new foods and to interact with people in a hands-on experience. His classes are some of the most popular in Paris so book well in advance as space is limited to 6.
Wine Tasting - Dinner - Show
In the heart of Montmartre since 1875 a Paris tradition for singing where the audience joins in!. Home to Picasso, Charlie Chaplin, Edward G. Robinson and many more at Au Lapin Agile with wine tasting + dinner.
Join us for a fun evening tour in Montmartre and other Romantic places in Paris. Or why not take a 1 hour night tour back to your hotel from dinner.
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