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“Less Known but Greater Story” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of St-Pierre de Montmarte

St-Pierre de Montmarte
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Owner description: This 12th-century church is one of the oldest in Montmarte.
Hermosa Beach, California
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“Less Known but Greater Story”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

St. Pierre de Montmartre is usually ignored because its neighbor, Sacre Couer, is more famous; however, St. Pierre is much older and has greater history. The church is built on an ancient Roman temple to Mars (Montmartre is originally named after the Mount of Mars) and Roman columns that are possibly from the original temple can still be seen in the current church’s nave. In the third century, Saint Denis founded the first church on this spot, which later was credited (according to the earliest biography of Saint Ignatius Loyola) as the location at which the vows were taken that led to the founding of the Society of Jesus. After destruction during the French Revolution, the church was rebuilt in the 19th century in its current state. Visiting St. Pierre’s today, it’s a lot quieter and less crowded than Sacre Couer. It’s also a lot more manageable in size and well-worth a visit if you are visiting Sacre Couer.

TIP: St. Pierre is on the top of Montmartre, between the more famous destinations of Sacre Couer and Place du Tertre (Dali Museum). If you aren’t fond of climbing, then you can take the little tram that runs up the side of the stairs in front of Sacre Couer to access the top of Montmartre. Also, you could always approach Montmartre from its backside. Get off at the Lamarck Metro stop rather than the more popular Abbesses stop. (Beware of Abbesses station since the climb out of the station is a HUGE trek, alone!) Take Lamarck Street until you see the back of Sacre Couer. You will climb a relatively short set of stairs, past a hidden Montmartre park. This approach is not only less crowded and less demanding on the legs, but it is also beautiful.

Visited December 2012
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Uffington, United Kingdom
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“A little bit of the kasbah about the place?”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2012

First if you have a day pass metro ticket, you can use this on the funicular railway and that will save your legs.
On arrival you are immedialey met by the stereotypical Tourist sellers, bracelets, pictures statues. Anyone who has travelled know say Non, dont get into conversation and dont make eye contact. The views are spectacular both of the church and the scenery and if you are lucky there will be some entertaining living statues, some who are better than others.
The church is beautiful, however there are beggars at every entrance/exit and the church 'begs' money every few feet all the way round which is a little 'casting the merchants out of the temple'ish for my liking.
Outside again walking around its a shame that a lot of the shops are full of 'tat' there are a few art shopw and lots of cafes but these are serious touristy places.
then tehre are the roaming artists ad again I jst said non. Admittedly about 30 times but eventually they got the hint.

Its worth a visit and i went alone, i never felt threatened or vulnerable, just pestered. If you are not a 'confident tourist' do not go alone.

Also be aware the roads are roads, cars buses and a landtrain drive on them do watch out as you take photos.

Visited November 2012
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2012

it was interessting lots of great photo opotunities at this good place. with all my freinds we wnjoyed viewing this place and it was a alright experience

Visited October 2012
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Denver, Colorado, United States
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“Not worth the visit.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2012 via mobile

Too commercialized, including INSIDE the church, where every few feet is a request for money -- to light a candle or say a prayer or just kneel-- all the way around the inside of the church. It felt like a store rather than a holy place. Shame on the church leadership there!

Jam-packed with Nigerian hucksters. The vendors in the square sell either crap or items that would be better purchased from the bouquinistes.

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“Worth a visit for the view of Paris!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2012

Fantastic view. The church is interesting, and if you are lucky you will hear the nuns sing during one of the services.

Visited August 2012
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