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Moulin de la Galette

It is the oldest mill that remains of Montmartre and reminds us that in its origin, even before being part of Paris in the nineteenth century, was a peasant place with mills, vineyards and wheat fields. Originally the site had two mills: the Blute-fin and the Radet, mentioned for the first time in 1622.

Towards 1830 the Moulin de la Galette became a dance hall, known for coming to eat the galette, a kind of salty pancake with a Saracen dough. Towards the end of the 19th century, it became a place frequented by artists and people from all over Paris. Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh, Picasso, among others left experiences and also paintings, the most famous perhaps: "La moulin de la Galette" by Renoir.

It also tells the story that the mill belonged to the family of the Debray. During the Russian invasion of 1814 in Paris, the Russians climb the hill of Montmartre and want to take the mill. The youngest son of the family goes out to defend what belonged to them for centuries. The Russians kill him and put him on the blades so that everyone would see what happened when someone opposed them.

In 1939, it was declared a Historic Monument.


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83 Rue Lepic, 75018 Paris.
 Anvers (line 2), Abbesses or Lamarck-Caulaincourt (line 12). Paris District XVIII.