Arsenal (Paris Métro)

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Arsenal is a ghost station on the Paris métro, situated on line 5 between the stations of Bastille and Quai de la Rapée, in the 4th arrondissement of Paris.

Entrance of the station; in the background, the colonne de Juillet can be seen, situated in the middle of the place de la Bastille.

The Station[edit]

Location

Arsenal station opened to the public in 1906.[1] It was closed on 2 September 1939, as a result of the mobilization of employees of the Compagnie du chemin de fer métropolitain de Paris (CMP) in World War II.[2][1] It was never reopened and today serves as a training centre for RATP agents. Access to the station is situated on the boulevard Bourdon.

Culture[edit]

Because of the station's location (just before Quai de la Rapée in the direction towards Voie des Finances), the station played a key element in the film La Grosse Caisse, starring Bourvil in 1965.[1]

It has been proposed to convert Arsenal into a swimming pool, theatre, restaurant or sculpture gallery.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Lescurieux, Romain. "Les stations fantômes du métro parisien: Arsenal (Ligne 5)". 20Minutes.fr. Retrieved 17 February 2016. 
  2. ^ Willsher, Kim. "Paris mayor candidate promises lush makeovers for ghost metro stations". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "From grotty to glorious: Ghost stations of Paris could get a stunning second life". CNN. February 10, 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 

Coordinates: 48°50′57″N 2°22′00″E / 48.8491°N 2.3666°E / 48.8491; 2.3666