The Place du Tertre

The Place du Tertre got its name from the fact that it is situated on top of a “tertre”, that is a small hill!


Famous all over the world for its painters, portraitists and terraces, the old town square of Montmartre welcomes thousands of tourists every day and is the perfect place for a stroll.

The place opened in 1635, and by the end of the 18th century till World War One, the whole Montmartre Boheme could been seen here: painters, songwriters and poets.

Today, a host of painters and on-the-spot portraitists welcomes visitors all year round. The “carré aux artistes” (artists’ square) is divided into 149 spaces, each 1m² large, which enables two painters to work in relay.