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The distinctive, ornate, Art Nouveau metro entrances designed by Hector Guimard are a famous synonym for Paris's metro. Some are lost but 88 of them still exist [parisinconnu.com]. RATP gave reproductions to the subways in Chicago, Lisbon, Mexico City and to the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and an original one to Montreal [metrodemontreal.com].

Photo: The entrance at Abbesses station, designed in 1910, is one of the larger ones.

The elegant metro stations in Paris are mostly column-free vaults and look similar throughout the system, which was inaugurated in 1900. Everything has been refurbished for the 100th anniversary.

Photo [Mike Nguyen]: Cité station on line 4.

An enjoyable architecture has also been implemented in Paris's newest RER stations as well as in the new driverless metro line 14 (Météor).

Photo: Magenta RER station with its interesting lighting.



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