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Rue Lepic, Paris

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An ancient road, Rue Lepic, climbs the hill of Montmartre from Boulevard de Clichy to Place Jean-Baptiste-Clément. It's had several names over the years, gaining its current one in 1864 in honor of Gen. Louis Lepic. This is also a street filled with history. Painter Vincent Van Gogh lived here (No. 54) from 1886 to 1888. Car manufacturer Louis Renault won a bet here in 1898--that his invention was capable of climbing up the slope of the road. (It did, and he received 12 orders for the car on the spot). Also, the 2001 film "Amélie" starring Audrey Tatou (the highest-grossing French subtitled film ever released in the United States) was filmed at the brasserie Café des 2 Moulins at No. 15. Plan to visit Rue Lepic and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Paris attractions using our Paris trip planning site .
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  • I found the rue Lepic very nice to stroll and full of movement, but only in the part that sits next to the Moulin Rouge, because the more it rises on the way to the upper part of Montmartre, it is much less attractive. In the lower part of this street, the most interesting, we find various types of trade. It's very touristy.
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  • How better to describe this street than by this excerpt from the song "Rue Lepic" (words of Pierre Jacob, poet and singer, having lived at the #53, Rue Lepic) performed by Yves Montand: "and the street / rises, always goes up / to Montmartre, up there / towards its mills so b waters/mills all up there/Lepic Street." It was to Emperor Napoleon 1st, who in 1809 had not been able to ride to the Church of Saint-Pierre in Montmartre, that Parisians owed this street, which slowly rolled to the top of the Montmartre mound. It takes its name from General Louis Lepic (1765-1827) who distinguished himself in 1807 at the Battle of Eylau (East Prussia) during the conflict between Napoleon's great army 1st and the forces of the Russian Empire allied with those of the Kingdom of Prussia. A street very busy by many Parisians in search of pleasure (songs, dances and everything else ...) who borrowed it to go to the much appreciated balls and guinguettes of Montmartre, including the famous Moulin de la Galette. Arguably the most famous street in this neighborhood. Several artists have also taken up residence or workshop in one of the houses built along his route including the painter Jules Pascin (#1), the sculptor and medalartist Paul Vannier (at #25), the painter Edgar Degas who had his studio there in the #50, the singer , poet and writer Jean-Baptiste Clément who lived in the #53 as well as at the #100 and the famous painter Vincent van Gogh and his brother Theo who stayed on the third floor of 54. There are still several restaurants and shops where one or more of these seated artists could have met at the time. A street full of history and culture.
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