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Grandes Carrières : the gypsum quarries of Montmartre.


The Grandes-Carrières district is the 69th administrative district in Paris. It is located at the west of the 18th arrondissement. To the south, it is bounded by Rue Caulaincourt and Boulevard de Clichy. To the north, Rue Belliard marks its borders. Rue Damrémont separates it from the Clignancourt neighbourhood to the east. Avenue de Saint-Ouen, to the west, separates it from the Épinettes neighbourhood.

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This neighbourhood takes its name from the old gypsum quarries that used to be there. They were exploited near the Montmartre hilltop from the Middle Ages to extract this material and thus produce plaster. Today, some remains of these quarries have since been transformed into remarkable places such as Montmartre Cemetery, or Square Louise-Michel, although the latter is not part of the Grandes-Carrières neighbourhood, but belongs to Clignancourt.

Cultural sites

  • Villa des Arts: It takes its name from the fact that many artists had installed their workshops there. Its set, including its courtyards, gardens and workshops, has been listed as a historical monument since 1994.
  • Sainte-Geneviève des Grandes-Carrières Church: This parish church was built between 1888 and 1911. In neo-Romanesque style, it is dedicated to Sainte Geneviève. Its organ is the work of the famous Aristide Cavaillé-Coll.


Local landmarks

  • Montmartre Cemetery: Inaugurated on January 1, 1825, this cemetery is also known as the Cemetery of the North (cimetière du Nord). One of the remains of Montmartre gypsum quarries, it was integrated into Paris at the same time as the neighbourhood annexation in 1860. It is classified as a historical monument since 2013.
  • Moulin-Rouge: Opened in 1889, this famous revue cabaret quickly became a success, making it one of the most famous symbols in the capital. Still operating today, it attracts many tourists and other show lovers every year.



  • Square des Deux-Nèthes: In the 18th arrondissement, several gardens have been created since 2001, and this is the fifth on the list. It was established in two parts: a surface area of 1,500 m² in 2003 and, two years later, a surface area of 2,000 m².
  • Square Carpeaux: Paying tribute to the French sculptor, designer and painter Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, this green space offers a walk among paulownias, rowan and cherry trees.



  • Vauvenargues Elementary School: 50, rue Vauvenargues, 75018 Paris. Access via metro line 13 (Stalingrad) and bus line 31 (Vauvenargues).
  • Antoine Coysevox Middle School: 16, rue Coysevox, 75018 Paris.
    Access via metro lines 12 (Lamarck – Caulaincourt) and 13 (Guy Môquet), and bus line 31 (Vauvenargues).


Nearby transportation

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2 190 000 €
Iconic Butte Montmartre. A renovated 88 sqm four-room apartment benefiting from a 68 sqm p (...)
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175 m2
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72 m2
850 000 €
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