Art Nouveau Métro

First opened in 1900, the Paris subway, the Métropolitain or Métro for short, reflects the art nouveau style of the time, inspired by natural forms and structures, especially curved lines. Some older Métro stations still have the original grillwork at the subway entrance.

We like art nouveau and appreciate tradition. Traveling around Paris, we ran across these examples:

metropolitain, St. Michel
metropolitain, St. Michel
metropolitain, Bastille
metropolitain, Bastille
metropolitain, Cite
metropolitain, Cite

The newer stations aren’t bad — they simply lack the style of the old.

metropolitain, Iena
metropolitain, Iena

To tradition, at least sometimes.


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I enjoy travel, art, food, photography, nature, California native plants, history, and yoga. I am a retired software engineer. The gravatar is a Nuttall's woodpecker that visited our backyard.

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