Moulin de la Galette, Paris

Moulin de la Galette, Paris

The Moulin de la Galette is the name of a windmill and associated bar and restaurant in Montmartre. The windmill was built in 1622, but what gives the place its current fame is the bar and restaurant bearing the same name.

In the 19th century, Le Moulin de la Galette represented diversion for Parisians seeking entertainment, a glass of wine and bread made from flour ground by the windmill. Artists, such as Renoir, van Gogh, and Pissarro immortalized Le Moulin de la Galette in their paintings. The most famous among them was Renoir's festive painting "Bal du moulin de la Galette".

The place had a tragic history in its past. The Debray family acquired the mill in 1809 for producing flour. At the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1814, during the siege of Paris three Debray men lost their lives defending the windmill against Cossacks. The killed men were nailed to the wings of the windmill.

In 1833, the Debray family converted the place into a bar and restaurant. The idea proved successful and Moulin de la Galette soon drew many Parisians who enjoyed the freshly baked galettes with a glass of wine, and the panoramic views of Paris and the river Seine from the top of the hill.

The Moulin de la Galette was declared a monument in 1958. Today the windmill marks the entrance of the bar and restaurant that offers an extensive menu. In good weather, it is still an excellent place to sip the locally made wine and enjoy the music in its garden, just like what Parisians used to do in Renoir's famous painting.

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Sight Name: Moulin de la Galette
Sight Location: Paris, France (See walking tours in Paris)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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