Montmartre is a large hill, in some places a very steep one.
Retaining walls (revetments) had to be built to support the building sites, and their landfill.
The streets are narrow, and in places the pedestrian way is built onto the slope of the stone facing at a higher level than the street. Progress of some streets is broken by steps.
There is no direct access from the 'front' by road. A true measure of the steepness of the hill can be obtained by climbing these steps.
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