Métro Stations of Interest
Métro Stations of Interest
It is possible that riding the Paris Metro could form part of an indelible collection of memories and some of the fondest souvenirs that you will take home from Paris.
The Paris Métropolitain, fondly known as the Métro, is often considered merely a way of getting around the city of Paris, however there are few delights to be savoured along the way.
Riding the métro, you may find lone buskers belting out La Vie en Rose, between stations, passing around a hopeful plastic cup for a couple of centimes in exchange for their entertainment.
In the stations, especially at Châtelet, you may come across large 10 piece big bands, taking advantage of the underground acoustics.
The homeless often take shelter from the outside elements on the benches as commuters sprint down the long tunnels, adorned with white bevelled tiles, commonly known as ‘métro tiles’.
Apart from the daily activities that take place along the long corridors, there are a few notable Paris Métro stations that offer rare and unique decorative entrances.
The original iconic Art Nouveau entrances designed by Hector Guimard, with twisted iron and glass canopies are nothing short of spectacular.
The shiny copper platform, designed by François Schuiten, only to be found on the platform that serves line 11 at Arts et Métiers, is a homage to Jules Verne’s epic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
The Paris Métropolitain serves as a huge history lesson. Stations named after historic battles, events, activities, monuments, famous writers, poets and politicians.
Keep your eyes peeled for the unique and the beautiful during your travels on the metro, and see what you discover …
Here are a few interesting and unique Metro Stations and entrances that I think are worthy of a mention.
Porte Dauphine Métro
Sitting in a lush green park, the Hector Guimard canopied beauty of Porte Dauphine would have to be the prettiest Métro entrance in all of Paris.
The unique and striking blue and red signage of Sentier Métro, suspended from a spectacular façade on Rue Réaumur is the only surviving sign of two ever produced.
Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre
The jewel of Place Colette. Murano glass beads and aluminium make up this colourful metro entrance to celebrate the centenary of the Metro.
Opposite the stunning l'hôtel de la marquise de Païva, with it's intricate façade, adorned with Gothic and Renaissance statues you will find the unique Saint-Georges métro entrance.
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