Bastille (Paris Métro)

The clickable images and aerial photographs below present material related to Bastille (Paris Métro). Bastille is a station on lines 1, 5 and 8 of the Paris Métro. It is located near the former location of the Bastille and remains of the Bastille can be seen on line 5. The platforms for line 1 are situated below road level but above the Bassin of the Arsenal and Canal Saint Martin in a short open-air segment. The western end of the line 1 platforms have the sharpest curve used by passenger trains on the Métro, with a radius of only 40 metres. The line 1 platforms, at 123 metres long, are significantly longer than the average Métro platform length.

The line 1 station opened as part of the first stage of the line between Porte de Vincennes and Porte Maillot on 19 July 1900. The line 5 platforms were opened on 17 December 1906 when the line was extended from Gare de Lyon to Lancry (now known as Jacques Bonsergent). The line 8 platforms were opened on 5 May 1931 when the line was extended from Richelieu – Drouot to Porte de Charenton. The platforms on line 1 were decorated in 1989 to celebrate the bicentenary of the French Revolution.

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Nearby

  • Place de la Bastille, the location of the Bastille, stormed on 14 July 1789
  • Opéra Bastille, opera house
  • Promenade Plantée, a 4.5 km long elevated garden along the abandoned railway which led to the former Gare de La Bastille railway station.
  • Bassin de l'Arsenal, boat basin
  • July Column, a monument to the revolution of 1830
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Place de la Bastille (0.01 km)

The Place de la Bastille is a square in Paris, where the Bastille prison stood until the 'Storming of the Bastille' and its subsequent physical destruction between 14 July 1789 and 14 July 1790 during the French Revolution; no vestige of it remains. The square straddles 3 arrondissements of Paris, namely the 4th, 11th and 12th. The square and its surrounding areas are normally called simply Bastille. The July Column (Colonne de Juillet) which commemorates the events of the July Revolution (1830) stands at the center of the square.

Elephant of the Bastille (0.01 km)

The Elephant of the Bastille was a monument in Paris which existed between 1813 and 1846. Originally conceived in 1808 by Napoleon, the colossal statue was intended to be created out of bronze and placed in the Place de la Bastille, but only a plaster full-scale model was built. At 24 m (78 ft) in height the model itself became a recognisable construction and was immortalised by Victor Hugo in his novel Les Misérables (1862) in which it is used as a shelter by the street urchin Gavroche.

Gare de la Bastille (0.11 km)

Gare de La Bastille was a railway station in Paris. The station was opened in 1859 and served as the terminus of the -long line to Vincennes and Verneuil-l'Étang. The line was opened only to serve the Fort de Vincennes, and was extended to La Varenne and later to Brie-Comte-Robert. The line finally reached Verneuil-l'Étang in 1892, and connected to the line to Mulhouse. Part of the line was included into the RER A on 14 December 1969. The station was demolished in 1984 so that the Opéra Bastille could be built.

Opéra Bastille (0.17 km)

The opéra de la Bastille or more commonly opéra Bastille (Bastille Opera House) is a modern opera house in Paris, France. Inaugurated in 1989 as part of President François Mitterrand’s “Grands Travaux”, it became the main facility of the Paris National Opera, France's principal opera company, alongside the older palais Garnier; most opera performances are showed at "Bastille" alongside with some ballet performances and symphony concerts, while "Garnier" presents a mix of opera and ballet performances.

Temple du Marais (0.21 km)

Temple du Marais is a church located in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, in the district of Le Marais at 17 Rue Saint-Antoine. Famous for its architecture, it was built to the plans of François Mansart in 1632, who modelled them on the Pantheon in Rome and has a rotunda of in diameter. Its construction was overseen by the master mason contractor Michel Villedo. It is the oldest church of the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary, (an order founded in 1610 by Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal).

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