Abbesses is a station on Paris Métro Line 12, in the Montmartre district and the 18th arrondissement. Abbesses is the deepest station in the Paris Métro, at 36 metres below ground, it is located on the western side of the butte of Montmartre. Access to the platforms is usually by elevators, but they can be accessed by decorated stairs.
Nearby are the Montmartre district, the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur de Montmartre , the Place du Tertre and the Église Saint-Jean-de-Montmartre . The station is named after the Place des Abbesses, referring to the abbesses of the nearby abbey of the Dames-de-Montmartre.
The station opened on 31 October 1912 as part of the extension of the Nord-Sud company's line A from Pigalle to Jules Joffrin. On 27 March 1931, line A became line 12 of the Métro. The RATP has recently completed a major renovation of this station, which has returned it to its splendid original Nord-Sud condition.