The most famous tourist city of France, Paris can also be referred to as the fashion capital of the world and is home to brands like Dior and Chanel. The city has well-connected transportation, which includes the infamous metro system – owned and operated by the RATP Group. It has 16 lines and 700 vehicles.
Many of the Paris metro stations are named after several famous people to commemorate their contribution to French history. Below we discuss twenty of them.
Known worldwide for his paintings, he has a metro line named after him in Paris which is located at the northern terminus of Line 5.
Pasteur station on Line 6 and Line 12 is named in the honor of a French biologist known for the discovery of principles of vaccination and pasteurization.
Named after the former President of France-known for his leadership against Nazi Germany in the Second World War, Charles de Gaulle-Étoile is a station of the Paris metro on Line 1, Line 2, and Line 6.
The longest-serving President in the history of France, Mitterrand is known and respected for the rise of the Socialist Party and the decline of the Communist Party. The station Bibliothèque François Mitterrand has been named to honor the former President.
One of the most popular painters, his paintings are among the most famous to ever exist. This contribution in the field of arts got a Paris metro station named in his memory – Michel-Ange – Molitor which is a transfer point between Line 9 and Line 10.
The only king having a Paris metro station named after him, King Philip II has been known to be responsible for the Spanish Golden Age. The station named to commemorate his contributions; Philippe Auguste is on Line 2 of the Paris metro.
Responsible for magnetism and radioactivity, Nobel Prize winner French physicist Pierre Curie has a station named in his memory which was later renamed to honor his wife – Pierre et Marie Curie is on the southeast branch of Line 7.
Known to plot the assassinations of German personnel during the Second World War, Colonel Fabien has been honored by naming a Paris metro after him – Colonel Fabien which is on Line 2.
One of the greatest French writers of all time, Victor Hugo’s name is among the most famous people who have a Paris metro station named in their honor. The station Victor Hugo is on Line 2.
King of the United Kingdom, George V has a Paris metro station named after him for the support that he provided to the French during World War I. George V station is on Line 1.
A station on Line 1 and Line 13, Champs-Élysées–Clemenceau has been named to honor the former Prime Minister of France who successfully led the country through the end of World War I.
The 32nd President of the United States, FDR was highly appreciated for the helping hand he provided to France during the Second World War. Hence, to honor him a station in the Paris metro has been named after him – Franklin D Roosevelt serves both Line 1 and Line 9.
Located on Line 1 of the Paris metro, Saint-Paul metro station gets its name in honor of missionary saint Paul who was a writer of the Christian Church.
Nominated for the first and second Nobel Prize in Literature, Émile Zola was a French novelist who had been honored by naming a Paris metro station after him – Avenue Émile Zola is located on Line 10.
One of the first authors to have gained international recognition and commercial success, Voltaire has been honored with a station named after him – Voltaire station on Line 9.
French clergyman, Cardinal Richelieu is known to be responsible for transforming France into a centralized state. The Paris metro station Richelieu-Drouot has been named to honor him.
A Venezuelan leader who led several countries to independence from the Spanish Empire. The Paris metro station Bolivar has been named to commemorate him.
Named in the honor of a Cappadocian Greek soldier, Saint George station in Paris metro is on Line 12. Saint George has many organizations claiming him as their patron.
One of the most widely recognized French authors, Alexandre Dumas excelled in several literary genres. He was commemorated for his writings by a Paris metro station being named after him – Alexandre Dumas is on Line 2.
Saint-François-Xavier is a station named to honor the Spanish Catholic priest known for co finding the Society of Jesus. He vowed for poverty and chastity and worked extensively towards the spread of Christianity in Goa, India.
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