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Pigalle is an area in Parismarker around the Place Pigallemarker, on the border between the 9thmarker and the 18th arrondissementsmarker. It is named after the sculptor Jean-Baptiste Pigalle (1714–1785).

Pigalle is famous for being a touristic district, with many sex shops on Place Pigalle and the main boulevards and prostitutes operating in the side streets. The neighborhood's raunchy reputation led to its World War II nickname of "Pig Alley" by Allied soldiers. The Divan du Monde and the Moulin Rougemarker, a world-famous cabaret, are both located in Pigalle.

The area to the south of Place Pigalle is devoted to the retail of musical instruments and equipment, especially for popular music. A section of the rue de Douai solely consists of stores selling guitars, drums, and musical accessories.

Henri Toulouse-Lautrec's studio was here. Artists such as Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, and Maurice Neumont also once lived here. The works of artist Salvador Dalí can be seen at the nearby Espace Dalímarker.

It was also the home of the Grand Guignol theatre, which closed in 1962. However, the theatre itself still stands. The Musée de l'érotismemarker (Museum of Eroticism) can also be found here.

Pigalle is a well known spot for tourists who want to experience "Paris by night". This neighborhood in Montmartremarker has long been notorious as a popular hotspot for the more risqué crowd. It is home to some of Paris' most famous cabarets ("Moulin Rouge," for instance, was immortalized by artist Toulouse-Lautrec as well as Hollywood), as well as topless and nude shows.

Pigalle is one end-point of the Montmartrobus (a public bus serving the area), or you can get to the Place Pigalle by taking the Métro to the Pigalle stopmarker.

A film was made in 1994 entitled Pigalle. It was set in this district of Paris and starred Véra Briole and Francis Renauld. The police comedy My New Partner is also set in Pigalle. An album was made by Édith Piaf, entitled La Rue Pigalle. Maurice Chevalier wrote a song entitled Place Pigalle. The recent album by the American jazz singer, Madeleine Peyroux, entitled "Bare Bones" (2009), contains a track entitled "Our Lady of Pigalle".

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