It has been a popular gathering spot for artists, tourists, and locals alike since the Middle Ages. The area was once home to one of Europe’s largest open-air markets, but today it is best known for its vibrant art scene and lively atmosphere.
The square itself dates back to 1229 when King Louis IX purchased some land in Montmartre from the Knights Templar and built a chapel on it – hence its name Place du Tertre (Tertre meaning ‘Chapel Hill’). Over time, it became an important meeting point for local residents as well as travellers passing through the city. During this period, many small shops were established around the square, selling everything from food to fabrics and antiques.
In the 19th century, Place du Tertre gained notoriety among Parisian painters who flocked there to capture its picturesque views of Sacré Coeur Basilica on top of Montmarte hill or simply enjoy its pleasant atmosphere while sketching their works on canvas outdoors. This tradition continues today with dozens of street artists setting up shop along each side of the square every day displaying their artwork ranging from caricatures to oil paintings depicting scenes around Paris or even abstract pieces inspired by nature or mythology.
Apart from being an artist haven, Place du Tertre also offers plenty of other attractions that draw visitors year round, including traditional cafés serving delicious French cuisine such as crêpes and croissants; souvenir stalls offering unique items like miniature Eiffel Tower replicas; live music performances playing classic songs like La Vie en Rose; plus much more.