Fascinating Facts about the Paris Metro System

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Paris Metro System Facts

The City of Lights has an incredible array of history above the ground and most tourists have a clear idea on all of these facts. Unfortunately, not many tourists know much about the underground metro system of this beautiful city.

It is hard to imagine a Paris city tour without a ride through the 115-year-old metro system of the city. The metro system of Paris is the cheapest and easiest method of transportation in Paris. So, try to go on a ride through the metro system of the city while you are going on Paris walking tours with your friends and family.

One of the most famous writers of the last century, Franz Kafka once told that the “The Metro furnishes the best opportunity for the foreigner to imagine that he has understood, quickly and correctly, the essence of Paris.” Below are a few interesting facts you should know about the Paris metro rail system.

The Construction

The construction of the Paris metro system began in the last eighteenth century and it took approximately 2 years for the project to be completed. The construction of the metro system was finished just a few days before the World’s Fair and Summer Olympic Games at the Bois de Vincennes. Tourists and visitors instantly fell in love with the new transport system, as it enabled them to easily move from one place to another.

The Name

The initial name used for the metro system of Paris was “La Compagnie du Chemin de Fer Metropolitan de Paris”, which several Parisians found to be long and mouthful. As a result, the name was shortened to “Le Metropolitan” after a while. This name was once again abbreviated to the “Metro”, which is the common word used for all the subway networks across the globe.

The War

When the Second World War hit the city of Paris, the authorities of the Paris Metro were forced to abandon the projects. Many of the stations including Croix Rouge, Champ de Mars, and Arsenal that were closed during the war have not yet been opened. However, these stations, which are popularly known as “ghost stations”, were later used by many filmmakers as movie sets. Architects are currently trying to revamp these stations as swimming pools and nightclubs.