Sèvres – Babylone (Paris Métro)

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Sèvres – Babylone (M)
Metro de Paris - Ligne 10 - Sevres - Babylone 04.jpg
Date opened 5 November 1910 (1910)
Municipality/
Arrondissement
the 7th arrondissement of Paris
Fare zone 1
Next stations
Paris Métro Line 10
Direction
Boulogne – Pont de Saint-Cloud
Direction
Gare d'Austerlitz
Vaneau Mabillon
Paris Métro Line 12
Direction
Mairie d'Issy
Direction
Front Populaire
Rennes Rue du Bac
List of stations of the Paris Métro
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Paris map with arrondissements.jpg
Location of metro station
Boulevard Raspail crossing Rue de Sèvres and Rue de Babylone. Sèvres-Babylone Metro Station at the left

Sèvres – Babylone is a station on lines 10 and 12 of the Paris Métro. It is located at the intersection of the Boulevard Raspail and the Rue de Sèvres, on the border of the 6th arrondissement and 7th arrondissements, near le Bon Marché department store.

The line 12 platforms opened as line 10 Sèvres on 5 November 1910 as part of the original section of the Nord-Sud Company's line A between Porte de Versailles and Notre-Dame-de-Lorette. On 27 March 1931 line A became line 12 of the Métro. It is named after the Rue de Sèvres which in medieval times ran from Paris to Sèvres, and the Rue de Babylone, named in 1673 after the Bishop of Babylon. The line 10 station was opened by the Compagnie du chemin de fer métropolitain de Paris on 30 December 1923 as part of the first section of the ligne circulaire interieur (inner circular line) from Invalides (now on line 13) to Croix Rouge (a station east of Sèvres - Babylone, which was closed during World War II).

At the start the line 10 station was named Babylon, while the nearby line 12 station was still named Sèvres. Shortly after the opening of line 10, the city forced the two companies to form a common station, but the sign for line 10 read Sèvres-Babylone (emphasizing Babylone), and that of line 12 by contrast read Sèvres-Babylone (emphasizing Sèvres).

In the novel Transition by Iain Banks, Mme. d'Ortolan refers to the act of having anal sex with a black man as "'going to Sèvres-Babylone', as this was the deepest, darkest and most excitingly, enticingly dangerous Métro station that she knew of".

Station layout[edit]

Street Level
B1 Mezzanine
Line 12 platforms
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound Metro-M.svg Paris m 12 jms.svg toward Mairie d'Issy (Rennes)
Northbound Metro-M.svg Paris m 12 jms.svg toward Front Populaire (Rue du Bac)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Line 10 platforms
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Westbound Metro-M.svg Paris m 10 jms.svg toward Boulogne – Pont de Saint-Cloud (Vaneau)
Eastbound Metro-M.svg Paris m 10 jms.svg toward Gare d'Austerlitz (Mabillon)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

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




Coordinates: 48°51′05″N 2°19′36″E / 48.85151°N 2.326655°E / 48.85151; 2.326655