Carousel de Saint-Pierre

Most of you, who visited Paris, go to stroll in cozy streets of Montmartre, check the paintings from many famous (and not much) artists on the streets, take a coffee in one of the cutest cafés nearby or do sightseeing around.

Of course, there’s no sightseeing in Montmartre without visiting the huge white basilica of Sacre Coeur, from where you also have a lovely panoramic view of Paris (some people say it’s better than from the top of Eiffel Tower🤔).

But in this post I want to show you the carousel at the foot of Sacre Coeur, which is quite different from other ones, and here is why!

At the square Louis Michel you have the steps leading to the church. Here you can see a lot of people sitting on the steps or even laying on the grass, enjoying the sun. But few steps down, where the Place Saint Pierre is, you can see one of the oldest carousels in Paris 🎠

This unique designed carousel has 2 floors (is double-decker), the “ceiling” is decorated with a Venetian theme. It moves quite slowly, which allows you to enjoy the French music playin and feel the French atmosphere with each your cell. It moves in an anti-clockwise direction, so that children (or adults, why not?) may wave with their right hand. Horses are made of plastic, but they still look adorable. From the many carousels I saw in Paris (and not only) this one is probably the most awesome one 😍

But do you know how Carousels “appeared”? Here is the version many sources highlighted:

Carousels were born from tragedy: A jousting accident killed King Henri II, Catherine de Medici’s husband, in 1559, driving knights to practise a safer alternative to these tournaments, such as spearing suspended rings with their lances. For the birth of the Dauphin, Louis XVI held a carousel festival in 1662 in front of the Tuileries. In true Sun King fashion, it was all pomp and fanfare: 15,000 guests watched knights on their horses participate in jeu de bagues compétitions. The celebration which took three months to organise lasted only three days, but the Sun King did himself proud because the memory of this grandiose fête still lives on: the location where it was held is known today as Place du Carrousel.

Next to this carousel is also the Funicular Gare Basse, which will help you to skip the 222 steps up and reach the church in easier way 🚡

The closest metro stations are Abbesses and Anvers Ⓜ️

A great place to come on a sunny day ☀️❤️

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