Bastille (Paris Métro)
|Paris Métro station|
Aboveground platforms at Bastille station.
|Location||Pl. de la Bastille (two)
Boul. Bourdon × boul. Henri IV
37, boul. Bourdon
130, rue de Lyon
140, rue de Lyon
1, rue de Charenton
1, boul. Beaumarchais
2, boul. Beaumarchais
4th arrondissement of Paris
|Opened||19 July 1900|
Bastille is a station on lines 1, 5 and 8 of the Paris Métro. It is located near the former location of the Bastille and remains of the Bastille can be seen on line 5. The platforms for line 1 are situated below road level but above the Bassin of the Arsenal and Canal Saint Martin in a short open-air segment. The western end of the line 1 platforms have the sharpest curve used by passenger trains on the Métro, with a radius of only 40 metres. The line 1 platforms, at 123 metres long, are significantly longer than the average Métro platform length.
The line 1 station opened as part of the first stage of the line between Porte de Vincennes and Porte Maillot on 19 July 1900. The line 5 platforms were opened on 17 December 1906 when the line was extended from Gare de Lyon to Lancry (now known as Jacques Bonsergent). The line 8 platforms were opened on 5 May 1931 when the line was extended from Richelieu – Drouot to Porte de Charenton. The platforms on line 1 were decorated in 1989 to celebrate the bicentenary of the French Revolution.
|Line 1 platforms||
|Westbound||← toward La Défense – Grande Arche (Saint-Paul)|
|Eastbound||toward Château de Vincennes (Gare de Lyon) →|
|1F||Mezzanine for platform connection|
|B1||Mezzanine for platform connection|
|Line 5 platforms||
|Southbound||← toward Place d'Italie (Quai de la Rapée)|
|Northbound||toward Bobigny – Pablo Picasso (Bréguet – Sabin) →|
|Line 8 platforms||
|Westbound||← toward Balard (Chemin Vert)|
|Eastbound||toward Pointe du Lac (Ledru-Rollin) →|
- Place de la Bastille, the location of the Bastille, stormed on 14 July 1789
- Opéra Bastille, opera house
- Promenade Plantée, a 4.5 km long elevated garden along the abandoned railway which led to the former Gare de La Bastille railway station.
- Bassin de l'Arsenal, boat basin
- July Column, a monument to the revolution of 1830
- Temple du Marais, an historic Protestant church
Line 1 platforms (eastbound view)
Two Sprague-Thomson trains negotiate the curve at the western end of the Line 1 platforms
A MP 89 train negotiating the said curve
Line 5 platforms
Line 8 platforms
- Hardy, B. Paris Metro Handbook, 3rd edition, Capital Transport Publishing, 1999.
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- Roland, Gérard (2003). Stations de métro. D’Abbesses à Wagram. Éditions Bonneton.