Bel-Air (Paris Métro)

The clickable images and pictures within this page illustrate data about Bel-Air (Paris Métro). Bel-Air is a station on line 6 of the Paris Métro in the 12th arrondissement. The station is located in the Boulevard de Picpus, between the districts of Picpus and Bel-Air.

The station is in the open air at ground level, but the lines are underground to the north and to the south: the trains ascend to the surface before the station to descend when leaving it. This layout was required to clear the railway that connected the former station of Paris Bastille (near Bastille station) to the valley of the Marne, via the former station of Reuilly near Bel-Air. This line was diverted to become part of RER line A in 1969. The single entrance to the station leads to the back of trains from Nation, and to the front of trains from Charles de Gaulle - Étoile.

History

The station was opened on 1 March 1909 with the extension of the line from Place d'Italie to Nation. The station was closed during World War II and remained closed for a prolonged period, not reopening until January 1963. It is named after the Bel-Air district.

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Places of interest

The old railway to Paris Bastille has been converted since the 1990s into the Promenade Plantée — a 4.5 km long elevated garden connecting to the Bastille to the Porte de Saint-Mandé. Cycling and rollerskating is allowed on this section.

The Rothschild Hospital is in the immediate vicinity and the Armand Trousseau Hospital for children is further off.

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Close places of interest

Picpus Cemetery (0.29 km)

The Picpus Cemetery (Fr: Cimetière de Picpus) is the largest private cemetery in the city of Paris, France. It was created from land seized from the convent of the Chanoinesses de St-Augustin, during the Revolution. It contains the remains of French aristocrats who had been guillotined during the French Revolution (1789–1799). It is of particular interest to American visitors for Picpus cemetery also holds the tomb of the Marquis de Lafayette (1757–1834) over which an American flag is always present.

Daumesnil (Paris Métro) (0.42 km)

Daumesnil is a station on lines 6 and 8 of the Paris Métro in the 12th arrondissement. The station opened on 1 March 1909 with the opening of the original section of line 6 from Place d'Italie to Nation (although part of line 5—some dating back to 2 October 1900—was incorporated into line 6 on 12 October 1942). The line 8 platforms opened on 5 May 1931 with the extension of the line from Richelieu - Drouot to Porte de Charenton. It is named after the Avenue Daumesnil, which honours General Pierre Yrieix Daumesnil (1776–1832) who lost a leg at the Battle of Wagram.

Picpus (Paris Métro) (0.42 km)

Picpus is a station on line 6 of the Paris Métro in the 12th arrondissement. The station is located under the Avenue de Saint-Mandé, to the west of the crossroads with the Boulevard de Picpus. There is only one entrance/exit, located on the southern side of the Avenue de Saint-Mandé. History The station was opened on 1 March 1909 as Saint-Mandé with the extension of the line from Place d'Italie to Nation. It is named after the district of Picpus and the Boulevard de Picpus. It was renamed Picpus on 1 March 1937 to avoid confusion with Saint-Mandé on line 1.

Coignard (0.43 km)

The Coignard was a convent of Canonesses founded in Paris on 7 October 1647 (the anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto in 1571) and dedicated to Saint-Augustin de la Victoire-de-Lépante. Its site is in the corner of what is now boulevard Diderot with rue de Picpus. In March 1794, the convent was confiscated and converted into a 150 bed prison hospital during the French Revolution - the prison's cemetery is the Picpus Cemetery. The most notorious prisoner at Coignard was the Marquis de Sade.

Michel Bizot (Paris Métro) (0.43 km)

Michel Bizot is a station on line 8 of the Paris Métro, named after the Avenue du Général Michel Bizot. The station opened on 5 May 1931 with the extension of the line from Richelieu - Drouot to Porte de Charenton. The Avenue du Général Michel Bizot is named after a general (1795-1855) killed in the Siege of Sevastopol during the Crimean War. Nearby is the Promenade Plantée—a 4.5 km long elevated garden along the abandoned railway which led to the former Gare de La Bastille railway station.

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