Arsenal (Paris Métro)

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Arsenal is a ghost station on the Paris métro, situated on line 5 between the stations of Bastille and Quai de la Rapée, in the 4th arrondissement of Paris.

Entrance of the station; in the background, the colonne de Juillet can be seen, situated in the middle of the place de la Bastille.

The Station[edit]


Arsenal station opened to the public in 1906.[1] It was closed on 2 September 1939, as a result of the mobilization of employees of the Compagnie du chemin de fer métropolitain de Paris (CMP) in World War II.[2][1] It was never reopened and today serves as a training centre for RATP agents.[citation needed] Access to the station is situated on the boulevard Bourdon.


Because of the station's location (just before Quai de la Rapée in the direction towards Voie des Finances), the station played a key element in the film La Grosse Caisse, starring Bourvil in 1965.[1]

It has been proposed to convert Arsenal into a swimming pool, theatre, restaurant or sculpture gallery.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b c Lescurieux, Romain. "Les stations fantômes du métro parisien: Arsenal (Ligne 5)". Retrieved 17 February 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b Willsher, Kim. "Paris mayor candidate promises lush makeovers for ghost metro stations". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 February 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "From grotty to glorious: Ghost stations of Paris could get a stunning second life". CNN. February 10, 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

Coordinates: 48°50′57″N 2°22′00″E / 48.8491°N 2.3666°E / 48.8491; 2.3666