Moulin Rouge (The Red Mill), Paris

Moulin Rouge (The Red Mill), Paris (must see)

Since its opening in 1889, the same year as the Eiffel Tower's construction, Moulin Rouge has been offering world-class dance entertainment, becoming a meeting place for Parisians and visitors from all walks of life. The elegant cabaret attracted the uber-rich, society ladies, middle class, artists, and foreign visitors who rubbed shoulders and enjoyed the popular can-can dance, which was first popularized here. Today, visitors can book a table, savor dinner and champagne, and experience a magical dance performance.

Over the years, the venue has hosted numerous celebrities and royal guests. In 1890, the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VII, visited the cabaret to witness the new and riveting can-can dance. A year later, artist Toulouse-Lautrec created his first poster for Moulin Rouge.

Ginger Rogers graced the stage for the 90th anniversary in 1979, while Queen Elizabeth II attended a private show in 1981. Other members of the British royal family that have visited Moulin Rouge include Prince Edward, Princess Anne, Prince Charles, and Princess Diana. Liza Minnelli, Dean Martin, and Frank Sinatra also took part in special galas. The 100th anniversary celebration featured a star-studded gala with Lauren Bacall, Ella Fitzgerald, and Jerry Lewis.

Moulin Rouge has been featured in countless books, plays, and films. The 2001 film "Moulin Rouge!", directed by Baz Luhrmann, re-popularized this vibrant and one-of-a-kind place, which burned down in 1915 and was rebuilt in 1921. An intensive renovation took place in 1951, and the same decor remains in place today.

Why You Should Visit:
Moulin Rouge has been the center of Parisian nightlife for over 130 years, influencing entertainment across the world. It's a must-visit destination to witness the unique atmosphere that has attracted celebrities, artists, and royalty.

Tip:
Visit at sunset for photos of Moulin Rouge's iconic windmill and neon signs lit up against the backdrop of a darkening sky.

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Moulin Rouge (The Red Mill) on Map

Sight Name: Moulin Rouge (The Red Mill)
Sight Location: Paris, France (See walking tours in Paris)
Sight Type: Disco/Nightclub
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