Bir-Hakeim (Paris Métro)

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Bir-Hakeim
Paris Métro
Paris Métro station
Métro Bir-Hakeim.jpg
Location 15th arrondissement of Paris
Île-de-France
France
Coordinates 48°51′14″N 2°17′22″E / 48.853917°N 2.289332°E / 48.853917; 2.289332Coordinates: 48°51′14″N 2°17′22″E / 48.853917°N 2.289332°E / 48.853917; 2.289332
Other information
Fare zone 1
History
Opened 24 April 1906 (1906-04-24)
Services
Preceding station   Paris Métro   Following station
Paris Métro Paris Métro Line 6
toward Nation
Connections to other stations
Preceding station   RER   Following station
toward Pontoise
RER RER C
RER RER C
Location
Bir-Hakeim is located in Paris
Bir-Hakeim
Bir-Hakeim
Location within Paris

Bir-Hakeim is an elevated station of the Paris Métro serving line 6 in the Boulevard de Grenelle in the 15th arrondissement. It is situated on the left bank of the Bir-Hakeim bridge over the Seine.

The station is above the RER C line; the station Champ de Mars - Tour Eiffel is within walking distance.

History[edit]

Passy viaduct on Bir-Hakeim Bridge

The station opened as part of the former Line 2 South on 24 April 1906, when it was extended from Passy to Place d'Italie. On 14 October 1907 Line 2 South was incorporated into Line 5. It was incorporated into line 6 on 12 October 1942. The station was called Quai de Grenelle until 1949, when it was renamed to commemorate the Battle of Bir Hakeim. A commemorative panel is situated at the entrance of the platform for trains traveling towards Nation. The station was the location of the Barrière de la Cunette, a gate built for the collection of taxation as part of the Wall of the Farmers-General; the gate was built between 1784 and 1788 and demolished in the nineteenth century.[1][2]

Places of interest[edit]

It is the station closest to the Eiffel Tower; the signs on the station walls say "Bir-Hakeim — Tour Eiffel".

Near the station is the site of the former Vélodrome d'hiver (Winter Velodrome or "Vel' d'Hiv"), which was famous for its cycling competitions but infamous as having been the first place of detention for thousands of Parisian Jews who were rounded up by the police on 16 and 17 July 1942 before their deportation to Nazi concentration camps. The velodrome was destroyed in 1960 in the course of work done on the bank of the Seine (Front de Seine). A commemorative monument has been raised near the south side of the station, above the tracks of the RER C.

In the film Last Tango in Paris, Maria Schneider's character has an argument which leads to a physical altercation with her boyfriend in the Bir-Hakeim station.

Station layout[edit]

Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
toward Charles de Gaulle – Étoile Metro-M.svg Paris m 6 jms.svg toward Charles de Gaulle – Étoile (Passy)
toward Nation Metro-M.svg Paris m 6 jms.svg toward Nation (Dupleix)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
1F Mezzanine for platform connection
Street Level

Gallery[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Barrière de la Cunette, picture" (in French). Bibliothèque nationale de France. Retrieved 20 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "Barrière de la Cunette" (in French). Bibliothèque nationale de France. Retrieved 20 December 2009. 

References[edit]

  • Roland, Gérard (2003). Stations de métro. D’Abbesses à Wagram. Éditions Bonneton.