Moulin Rouge, Paris

Moulin Rouge, Paris on April 13, 2024 before the sails of the windmill collapsed. – © David H. Enzel, 2024

Moulin Rouge is a cabaret in Paris, on Boulevard de Clichy, at Place Blanche, the intersection of, and terminus of Rue Blanche.

In 1889, the Moulin Rouge was co-founded by Charles Zidler and Joseph Oller, who also owned the Paris Olympia. The original venue was destroyed by fire in 1915. Moulin Rouge is southwest of Montmartre, in the Paris district of Pigalle on Boulevard de Clichy in the 18th arrondissement, and has a landmark red windmill on its roof. The closest métro station is Blanche.

Moulin Rouge is best known as the birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance. 

On April 25, 2024, at about 2 am, the sails of the windmill collapsed along with three letters from the cabaret’s name. The cause of the collapse is unclear but sabotage has been ruled out. No one was injured.


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