Moulin de la Galette, Paris

Moulin de la Galette, Paris

The Moulin de la Galette is the name of a windmill and associated business in upper Montmartre, also known as Blute-fin (“sifting flour”) Windmill. It was built in 1622, and eventually gained much popularity, and not just for its milling service. Owned by the Debray family, in the 19th century it earned a reputation for the extremely tasty brown bread galette (sea biscuit) sold with a glass of milk, to which the place owes its name. In 1830 the milk gave way to wine, a particular Montmartre brand, and thus, the windmill turned into a cabaret. Parisians frequented the place to enjoy the freshly baked galettes with a glass of wine, and enjoy the panoramic views of Paris and the river Seine from the top of the hill.

During the Franco-Prussian War, Montmartre was invaded by 20,000 Prussian troops. Pierre-Charles Debray, the windmill's owner, was brutally murdered while trying to defend his property; his body was nailed to the windmill's wings. A communal grave for those died in the battle was made near the Moulin de la Galette. In 1833, the Debray family converted the place into a viewing tower and a dance floor. The idea proved successful and the owner's flair for dancing and enthusiasm soon drew more visitors. A number of old-time shops, orchards and two windmills are still present in Montmartre. The Moulin de la Galette was declared a monument in 1939. Restored in 1978, it is now private property and, sadly, no longer open to the general public. The windmill, however, marks the entrance to an eponymous-named bistro.

The bistro has an extensive menu, is beautiful inside, has AC and is very comfortable with two outside patios as well.
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Sight Name: Moulin de la Galette
Sight Location: Paris, France
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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