Georges recently found an interesting mapping site that shows, in any given geographic area, what in that area is most photographed based on the number of Panoramio photos posted online. It displays the results using a GoogleMaps overlay that is based on "heat" -- meaning the place with more photos show up hotter (yellow being the hottest, then orange, red) and those with fewer photos show up cooler (blue, fushia or even black).
Here how Paris looks, with a display of the Top 10 most photographed sights. Click on the image to go directly into the Sightmaps.com site for Paris (from there, you can play around with the application, zoom in/out, change cities, etc.)
Now, wouldn't you assume that the #1 most photographed location in Paris would be the Eiffel Tower, or at least the Louvre? I would have.
Well, I would have been dead wrong. The #1 most photographed site is... (cue the drum roll):
THE MOULIN ROUGE!
I took this photo just last night, although you won't find it on Panoramio since I don't post my pictures there.
The next most photographed was Sacre Coeur -- so, Montmartre gets #1 AND #2 on the list! Having said that, I suspect that a lot of the photos taken from Sacre Coeur are actually of the view over the rest of Paris.
#3 - Arc de Triomphe (and looking down the Champs Elysées)
#4 - Place Charles de Gaulle, which means looking towards La Défense from the Arc de Triomphe
#5 - The Eiffel Tower -- WHAT? It's only FIFTH?
#6 - Les Invalides
#7 - Paris Institute of Political Science. And this is where I begin really questioning the "science" behind this ranking system, because WTF is this place? Never heard of it.
The Louvre, Notre Dame and the Tour Montparnasse all came below #7. And then I noticed that sometimes the rankings changed if I moved the map around even a little bit.
So - I think you can actually take some of these results with a grain of salt.
But Montmartre still kicks ass.