Accommodating several world-famous museums and art galleries, the city of Paris is always brimming with art everywhere you look. Whether it is the historic monuments or contemporary architectural structures, Parisians had always been concerned about designing everything in great aesthetics. The Metro Stations of the city is not just left alone in this venture. You could find the glorious Art Deco era structures at the entrances of metros with their alluring engravings.
Below are eight of the most appealing metro stations you could encounter quite leisurely in your Paris City Tours.
The brightly colored magnificent mosaic ceilings welcome you in the majestic French manner once you get down at the Cluny-La Sorbonne Station in the 5th arrondissement from the Line 10. The names of eminent French artists who lived in this part of Paris are being inscribed in the ceilings. Among which, the most remarkable works would be that of Jean Bazaine with his Oiseaux. Named after Sorbonne University and Musée de Cluny, the station was opened twice, initially in 1930 and later in 1988.
Arts et Métiers
Marking the remarkable 200 years of existence of National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts, the Metro Station of Arts et Métiers was redesigned in 1994.
Passed by Line 3 and Line 11, the station was designed by Francois Schuiten giving the illusion of a submarine. Currently, the station looks like something of a Jules Verne novel.
Paying homage to the world-renowned Louvre Museum, this beautiful metro station was built in 1900. However, later in 1989, the station was baptized to Louvre- Rivoli, soon after the construction of new entrance at Palais Royal station and the Louvre Pyramid. The station still preserves several replicas of the major artworks of the museum, though it had lost access directly to the Louvre. The station decorated as a museum passes over Line 1 of the metro trains.
Built in 2000, the metro station at Palais Royal is very accurately noted as one of the most beautiful in the city of Paris, especially the main entrance of the Place Colette. A cupola kind of illusion is formed by the colorful glass beads that hang from this huge and unique structure. It was constructed to mark the full century of the metro station through which Line 1 and Line 7 go. The unique structure known as the ‘Kiosk of the Night Walkers’ was built and designed by Jean-Michel Othoniel.
Situated in the 7tharrondissement, the metro station at Varenne resembles the one at the Louvre station in the sense that both the places comprise the replicas of the artworks of their adjacent museum. For Varenne station, it is the statues from the Rodin Museum. The most noted among the artifacts displayed here is that of Le Penseur or otherwise called The Thinker. However, after Dante, the world famous statue was known as ‘The Poet’. So when waiting for the metro to arrive, art lover passengers can figure out the hidden meaning behind the sculptures through the benches laid in the station.
As they are near to the Museum of Money, the metro station is otherwise called Monnaie de Paris, they are decorated with huge coins in all the notable spots. Moreover, the station also displays two small exhibits comprising of an ancient set of scales and old coins. Pont Neuf is part of Line 7 that was named after the New Bridge of the same name. The historically significant metro station was opened in 1926 and is deemed to be the oldest bridge in Paris, quite ironically.
Although it was inaugurated in 1911 and given the name of Berlin, later after World War I, it was altered to the current name Liège. It was named so as to pay homage to the people who had fought in the World War, by resisting the German advance to the country. Liège is actually a city of Belgium that was opted for naming the metro station. From the same city, two noted artists, representing the beautiful landscapes of their province redecorated the metro station lately in 1982. The station is part of Line 13.
The tiled walls of the metro station can be noted as the most striking element of the Concorde metro station. The alluring walls of Concorde were envisaged by Françoise Schein, which is actually a huge word puzzle. It was constructed in 1989, commemorating 2oo years of French Revolution. One would really have to ponder to decipher that, the letters in the puzzles are the words of the Declaration of the Rights of Man, and not just randomly given. However, there are no punctuations in between the words. The station is part of Line 12 of the Paris metro.