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Place Dalida in Montmartre

Ambling through the cobblestone streets of Butte Montmartre, you can find Place Dalida at the intersection of rue Girardon and rue Abreuvoir. The tranquil square is dedicated to the famous chanteuse and actress who lived close by at 11 bis rue d’Orchampt until her suicide in 1987.

Place Dalida

Dalida was born in Egypt of Italian descent as Yolanda Cristina Gigliotti. She lived most of her life in France and sang in many languages including Italian, French, Arabic and Spanish. Her style was unique and varied which made her appeal spread worldwide and transcend language barriers. Even after her death, her songs continue to be played and remixed as dance albums.

Place Dalida Montmartre

As one of her fans, I visited Place Dalida in Montmartre and was enchanted by the serenity of the tiny space on a cool and overcast autumn day.

Place Dalida Montmartre

The life size bronze bust by Alain Asian was erected by the French government in 1997 to commemorate her life and the intersection was renamed in her honour. Place Dalida is visited by many fans on a walk in Montmartre who often stop for a commemorative photograph. Her tomb lies at the Cimetière de Montmartre.

Place Dalida Montmartre

While you’re in the area, keep an eye out for one of the faces of Gregos peering from a wall and the statue of a man walking through walls.

Place Dalida
Intersection of rue Girardon and rue Abreuvoir
Butte Montmartre
Paris 18eme
Métro: Lamarck-Caulaincourt

About the author

Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is a drinks writer, author of GROW YOUR OWN COCKTAIL GARDEN, SHRUBS & BOTANICAL SODAS and founder/editor of Gourmantic, Cocktails & Bars and The Gourmantic Garden. She has been writing extensively about spirits, cocktails, bars and cocktail gardening in more recent years. She is a spirits and cocktail competition judge, Icons of Whisky Australia nominee, contributor to Diageo Bar Academy, cocktail developer and is named in Australian Bartender Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential List. Her cocktail garden was featured on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia and has won several awards. She is a contributor to Real World Gardener radio program and is featured in several publications including Pip Magazine, Organic Gardener, Australian Bartender and Breathe (UK). Read the full bio here.