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Orientation table of the Butte Montmartre
Two orientation tables are installed on the square in front of the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur. The Touring Club de France (TCF) offered them to the City of Paris in 1939, to help tourists identify the monuments visible from the Butte Montmartre, the highest hill in Paris. The tables are made of enamelled lava by the Saint-Martin factory in Mozac (Puy-de-Dôme). The TCF was a sort of Ministry of Tourism before its time. It is at the origin of tourist guides and even road signs. Between 1903 and the 1970s, 168 orientation tables were installed in France in places renowned for the beauty of their panorama.
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