Metro-Expo-Resto - Palais Royal
“métro, Expo, Resto”
Break out of the mould of “métro, boulot, dodo” (a French expression that, translated literally, means “Métro, work, sleep”) and get ready for “Métro, expo, resto”, as Babylangues introduces you to a new way of exploring the Paris Métro system. Join us in our quest to discover the various stations dotted across the city. How did they get their name? What are the surrounding neighbourhoods like? What can be found nearby? Some many questions and Babylangues has all the answers!
Palais Royal-musée Du Louvre
Served by lines 1 and 7 of the Parisian metro, Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre is a bustling station on the northern side of the Seine, next to the world famous Louvre museum in the 1st arrondissement. It is one of the oldest stations of the Parisian metro and is one of the eight original stations opened as part of the first section of line 1 between Porte de Vincennes and Porte Maillot on 19 July 1900. The line 7 platforms were opened later in 1916.
Palais Royal-Musee du Louvre is the Louvre Museum’s main metro station and the station is also famous for its unique Place Colette entrance. This entrance was designed by contemporary French artist, Jean-Michel Othoniel, and was completed in October 2000 for the centenary of the Parisian metro. The entrance features two (representing day and night) multi-coloured cupolas that are made out of glass baubles.
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What Is There To Do Nearby?
- Louvre Museum: This world famous is one of the most visited sights in the world, welcoming around 9 million tourists each year. The museum is now predominantly accessible through the Palais Royal-Musee du Louvre (the next stop on line 1), which acts as the Museum’s main metro station. The Louvre is home to the iconic Mona Lisa portrait as well as thousands of other collections. You simply cannot come to Paris and not visit the Louvre!
- Le Palais Royal: The stunning Palais-Royal (originally named the Palais-Cardinal), is a former royal palace located next to the Louvre museum. The screened entrance court faces the Place du Palais-Royal, opposite the Louvre. Nowadays, the Palais-Royal is the seat of the Ministry of Culture and the Constitutional Council.
- Forum des Halles: If you fancy a bit of shopping, be sure to check out the Forum des Halles, which is a five minute walk from the station. Having been renovated this year, the Forum is the second most visited shopping centre in France with 39 million visitors each year. The centre is home to a wide range of shops and other entertainment stores to cater for all tastes!