The crazy story of the parisian subway

Many of us know that the Paris metro is one of the oldest in the world. But who knows the origin of the name “Bienvenüe”, associated with the famous Montparnasse station? Or those who have already passed through the mysterious Haxo station?

Without questioning the general culture of our readers, it is by multiplying the conversations with the people frequenting every day the doors of the metro that we realize that a great part of its crazy history is not known of all.

It would be cruel to deprive ourselves of it, it is clearly crunchy.

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The Paris metro was created in the year 1900. Paris came after London, Budapest, Glasgow and Chicago. It was in 1889, at the Universal Exhibition, that Paris realized that it was lagging behind other cities.

The 1900 World’s Fair was the perfect date to showcase its prowess. The challenge was to create a metro in ten years, in a city where the underground passages were filled with groundwater and where the depth of the Seine River was not conducive to the construction of a metro.

It was then to Fulgence Bienvenüe that the city of Paris decided to entrust the project. Yes, this is where the name of the station “Montparnasse-Bienvenüe” comes from, and not to welcome the travelers of the Montparnasse station (which would be very far from parisian’s habits!).