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The entrance to the Abbesses métro station is a masterpiece of Art Nouveau architecture. Designed by Hector Guimard, it is one of the two surviving métro entrances of the kind in Paris. It is situated on the busy square of Place des Abbesses in the 18th arrondissement at the foot of the Montmartre hill.

 

The Abbesses métro station

Abbesses métro station
The Abbesses métro station entrance © French Moments

On the busy little square of Place des Abbesses stands the stunning entrance to the Abbesses métro station. Have a closer look and you’ll discover a stunning structure in Art Nouveau style. Designed by Hector Guimard (1867-1942), it is very similar to the other surviving metro entrances built by the artist at Porte Dauphine (line 2). The Abbesses entrance has a glass roof with green wrought-iron arches and amber lights. Unlike the Porte Dauphine, it does not have panelling.

This Art Nouveau structure was actually that of the Hôtel de Ville station. It was moved to the Place des Abbesses in 1974.

The name of the station comes from the royal abbey of Montmartre that was directed by nuns. The religious convent was destroyed during the French Revolution.

The Abbesses métro station was opened on 30th January 1913. The platform is located 36 metres below ground. It is Paris’ deepest métro station. Two spiral staircases and two lifts link the ticket hall to the platform. In 2007, the station was renovated. The walls of the stairs are painted with sights of Paris by the artist association “Paris-Montmartre”.

In 2013, the Abbesses métro station ranked 212th out of the 302 métro stations in Paris for the number of travellers.

The métro station of Abbesses was one of the many sights of Montmartre to be featured in the movie Amélie. However, the film was actually shot on a disused platform in Porte des Lilas.

Abbesses métro station © French Moments
Montmartre – Staircase of the Abbesses métro station © French Moments
Abbesses métro station © French Moments
Views of Montmartre Staircase of the métro station © French Moments
Abbesses métro station © French Moments
Staircase of the métro station © French Moments

 

Find out more

Find out more about Hector Guimard’s building: Castel Béranger in the 16th arrondissement.

Read our discovery article on the Hill of Montmartre.

About the author

Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations, and a degree of Economics and Management. Pierre is the author of the Discovery Course on the Secrets of the Eiffel Tower and the Christmas book "Voyage au Pays de Noël".

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