Why Abbesses Metro?

Early morning at Abbesses, we chose not to climb the stairs up.
Early morning at Abbesses, we chose not to climb the stairs up.

Who doesn’t love the Metro entrances? I particularly wanted to see this one as it is one of only two original glass-covered Guimard entrances, called édicules, left in Paris (the other is located at Porte Dauphine). According to my erudite friend, the Doctor, although it is a Hector Guimard original, the édicule at Abbesses was originally located at Hôtel de Ville and was moved to its current location in 1974. The entrance is technically incorrect for the location as line 12 of the Paris metro was built by a competing firm, the Nord-Sud Company, which did not hire Guimard but engaged other architects to design its stations and station entrances. So if you want to see an original and not a repro, Abbesses is the place to go for Metro entrances.

So much history in one little awning.

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