Exploring la métro de Paris – May 1st

On Wednesday afternoon, we set off in pairs to explore the Paris metro and what makes certain stations stand out from others. We selected six stops and took pictures of the different sites at each station. My partner and I went to five of the big tourist stops on line 1, which has stops for main attractions such as the Louvre Museum, Place de la Concorde, Hotel de Ville, the Tuileries gardens, and the Bastille. Because this is the main line through historic and touristic parts of Paris there are displays explaining Paris’ history and also other markers that are left over from the metro’s beginning in 1900.

Beginning with the historic markers at stations, everyone travelling through the Concorde station will see the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen displayed across the entire ceiling of the station. While it is not easily read because it spans the whole ceiling of the station, it represents the documents influence even today. It is displayed in a public area where no one can avoid it. It is part of France’s history and cannot be erased.

This is the text of the Rights of Man and Citizen, displayed across the entire ceiling of the stop at Concorde station on the metro.

At the Bastille station, we saw a remnant of France’s history. There are discreet bands on the ground of the station’s platform that mark the outer limit of the old wall of the Bastille fortress. These bands are easy to miss underfoot, but show how Paris’ past permeates its present still today.

These are the lines marking the outer wall of the Bastille fortress at the Bastille metro stop.

Other stations we visited include the Tuileries and Hotel de Ville. On the walls of these stations, one can see Paris’ history. At Tuileries, each panel on the wall displays a different era in French history, dated every ten years. These posters show how Paris has changed through each time period and major world events. Across the walls of Hotel de Ville, one sees famous sights in Paris, such as the Eiffel Tower, Invalides, and Place de la Concorde. These pictures and information display France’s great achievements to all of the tourists walking through this stop.

My favorite metro stop was Saint Germain Des Pres. At this stop, there was a mini museum exhibit, although the writings displayed were by no means small in importance. We saw writings by authors we have read in class, such as Baudelaire, Simone de Bauvoir, and Proust. Also on display were manuscripts of music by world-famous composers, such as Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Liszt. As a piano player, the magnitude of both these famous writers’ and composers’ works on display in this metro station was unbelievable. It is surprising that they are not in a museum, but only in Paris does the museum come to the metro.


Le mercredi après-midi, nous explorions le métro de Paris et la singularité des stations. Nous avons choisi six stations différentes et avons pris les photos à toutes les stations. Nous visitions cinq des grandes stations touristiques dans ligne 1, qui a des arrêts pour les grandes attractions comme le musée de Louvre, Place de la Concorde, Hôtel de Ville, le jardin de Tuileries, et le Bastille. Parce que c’est la ligne principale par les régions historiques il y a beaucoup d’expositions de l’histoire de Paris et aussi les vieilles marques de mémoire du début du métro vers 1900.

La premier station nous avons visité était Concorde. Cette station est célèbre pour l’exposition de La Déclaration des droits de l’homme et du citoyen dans tout le plafond de la station. Bien que  ce n’est pas facile de lire parce que la déclaration est trop grande, elle représente l’existence de la dignité française envers la liberté et les droits des citoyens.

La station du Bastille était un autre exemple de l’histoire de la France. Il y a les lignes discrètes dans le sol, qu’ils cochent l’extérieur des vieux remparts of the Bastille forteresse. Il y a aussi une grande peinture murale dans les murs d’un coin différente de la station qui est décrit : « En hommage à la révolution ». Cette peinture murale contient les deux photos de la révolution et aussi de la vie courant des citoyens pendant la révolution.

La peinture murale à la station Bastille

Mon station préfère était Cité. Contrairement d’autres stations,  cette station n’était pas beaucoup d’information historique, ou  exemples évidents de mémoire. Mais l’architecture of Cité consiste de beaucoup de métal et regard comme une bâtiment aquatique, comme un sous-marine. C’est significatif parce que la station Cité est la station unique sous l’île de la cité de Paris. L’intérieur des murs et les vieux lampes étaient deux façons d’on se souvient la mémoire de la station vieux.

La station Cité

Map Marker

1 Place de la Bastille, 75004 Paris, France
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