Saint-Martin (Paris Métro)

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Saint-Martin is a ghost station of the Paris Métro, located on lines 8 and 9 between the stations of Strasbourg - Saint-Denis and République, on the border of the 3rd and 10th arrondissements of Paris.

The station was closed on September 2, 1939 at the start of World War II. It reopened after the French Liberation with a lot of traffic passing through, but was eventually closed again as a result of its proximity to the neighboring station of Strasbourg - Saint-Denis, which lies only 100 meters away.

In the past, the station served to shelter homeless persons, and the eastern section of the location is currently used as a day shelter for the homeless (managed by the Salvation Army).

The physical entrance to the Saint-Martin station is still available from the street. To view it, take the Metro to the Strasbourg-Saint-Denis station, exit the station, and head east on Boulevard Saint-Martin about three minutes, walking toward République. The entrance will be on the right-hand side of the street, in a sunken part of the sidewalk. The entrance is covered in graffiti.

In 2008, the tracks were cemented over.

In March 2010, the tracks of the station along line 9 hosted a publicity event for the Nissan Qashqai, with many vehicles being transported on the platforms of this ghost station, which was also redecorated for the occasion with a number of lighting effects.

Bees have been flying around this station since the 1980s.

Coordinates: 48°52′06″N 2°21′31″E / 48.8684°N 2.35866°E / 48.8684; 2.35866