Place d'Italie (Paris Métro)

Place d'Italie (French pronunciation: ​[plas ditali], literally "Italy Square") is a rapid transit station of the Paris Métro located in the heart of the 13th arrondissement of Paris, at the Place d'Italie. It is the southern terminus of Line 5 and is also served by Line 6 and Line 7.

Place d'Italie
Paris Métro
Paris Métro station
Ligne-5-Place-d'Italie-1.jpg
Line 5 platforms at Place d'Italie
Location182, boul. Vincent Auriol
2, rue Bobillot
Place d'Italie
146, boul. de l'Hôpital
13th arrondissement of Paris
Île-de-France
France
Coordinates48°49′53″N 2°21′20″E / 48.831483°N 2.355692°E / 48.831483; 2.355692Coordinates: 48°49′53″N 2°21′20″E / 48.831483°N 2.355692°E / 48.831483; 2.355692
Owned byRATP
Operated byRATP
Other information
Fare zone1
History
Opened24 April 1906 (1906-04-24) (Line 6)
2 June 1906 (1906-06-02) (Line 5)
15 February 1930 (1930-02-15) (Line 7)
Services
Preceding station   Paris Métro   Following station
TerminusParis Métro Paris Métro Line 5
Paris Métro Paris Métro Line 6
toward Nation
Paris Métro Paris Métro Line 7
Location
Place d'Italie is located in Paris
Place d'Italie
Place d'Italie
Location within Paris

LocationEdit

 
The old Barrière d'Italie in 1819

The Place d'Italie was the site of the Barrière d'Italie, a gate of in the Wall of the Farmers-General, built to enforce tax collections on goods entering Paris between 1784 and 1791, where the old Roman road towards Lyon and Rome began. The station is situated at the crossing of five large Parisian streets: the Avenue d'Italie, the Boulevard Auguste Blanqui, the Avenue des Gobelins, the Boulevard de l'Hôpital, and the Boulevard Vincent Auriol. It was the starting point of the road connecting Paris to Italy, the current N7.

HistoryEdit

The first platforms opened as part of the former Line 2 South on 24 April 1906, when it was extended from Passy. On 17 December 1906, Line 2 South was extended to Lancry. On 14 October 1907 Line 2 South was incorporated into Line 5. On 1 March 1909, Line 6 was opened from Place d'Italie to Nation.

The Line 7 platforms opened on 15 February 1930 as part of a planned section of line Line 7, which was temporarily operated as part of Line 10 until the completion of the under-Seine crossing of line 7 from Pont de Sully to Place Monge. The station was integrated into line 7 on 26 April 1931. On 12 October 1942, the Place d'Italie Étoile section was transferred from line 5 to line 6 in order to separate the underground and elevated sections of the metro (because the latter were more vulnerable to air attack). As a result, Line 5, rather than Line 6, terminated at Place d'Italie.

Like one-third of the stations in the network between 1974 and 1984, the three stopping points were modernized by adopting the decorative style "Andreu-Motte", in yellow for line 5, blue for line 6 and green for line 7. However, the wharf of line 5 will be later removed its yellow tiled bench seat, which was surmounted by seats "Motte" features resembling its hue.

From 25 June to 2 September 2007, the platforms of Line 5 were closed to allow a modification of the track plan with the aim of reusing the loop of Italy, to increase the frequency of the line. the terminus was then temporarily shifted to the neighboring Campo-Formio metro station.

As part of the RATP's Renouveau du métro program, the corridors of the station were renovated from 31 March 2008.[1] In the mid-2010s, the Line 7 station, in turn, underwent a minor modernization with green tiled benches replaced with contemporary seats of the same color.

From 25 November to 11 December 2015, the platforms for Line 6 (as well as the exterior of an MP 73 train) were decorated in a Star Wars theme to promote the theatrical release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.[2] At the end of 2016, its blue checked banquettes were replaced by contemporary seats of the same color.

In 2018, 11,508,361 travelers entered this station which places it at the 13th position of the metro stations for its attendance.[3]

Passenger servicesEdit

AccessEdit

There are four access points to Place d'Italie station:

  1.  Auguste Blanqui: one stairway at 2 Rue Bobillot, decorated with an Guimard edicule, inscribed as a historic monument on 12 February 2016;[4]
  2.  Grand Écran: one stairway at Place d'Italie consisting of a fixed staircase also embellished with an entrance designed by Hector Guimard and classified as a historical monument;
  3.  Vincent Auriol : one stairway and one escalator 182 Boulevard Vincent-Auriol with Dervaux candelabra;
  4.  Mairie du XIIIème : one stairway at 146 Boulevard de l'Hôpital.

Station layoutEdit

Street Level
B1 Connecting level
Lines 5/6 platforms
Northbound Line 5     toward Bobigny – Pablo Picasso (Campo Formio)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Northbound Line 5     toward Bobigny – Pablo Picasso (Campo Formio)
Side platform, doors will open on the right for line 6 only
Westbound Line 6     toward Charles de Gaulle – Étoile (Corvisart)
Eastbound Line 6     toward Nation (Nationale)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Line 7 platforms Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound     toward Villejuif – Louis Aragon or Mairie d'Ivry (Tolbiac)
Northbound     toward La Courneuve – 8 Mai 1945 (Les Gobelins)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

PlatformsEdit

Each stopping point has an elliptical vault and an Andreu-Motte style decoration, but the characteristic benches and seats have been gradually removed over the years.

The terminus of Line 5 is in the form of a curved station with two lanes framing a central platform. The Motte style is only represented by two yellow luminous strips, while the platform has a few white sit-stand bars. Bevelled white ceramic tiles cover the walls, vault and tympans. The advertising frames are metallic and the name of the station is written in capital letters on enamelled plates.

The platforms of Line 6 are of standard configuration. Two in number, they are separated by the metro tracks in the center. The decoration is materialized by two blue luminous strips and tympans treated in blue flat tiling, except to the right of the access outlets. The latter are covered with white beveled tiles, as are the walls and the vault. The advertising frames are metallic and the name of the station is written on enamelled plates, with an unusual font for the Paris metro. The seats are Akiko style blue.

The Line 7 station is also available. It has two green light luminous and Akiko seats of the same color. Bevelled white ceramic tiles cover the piers, the vault, the tympanums and the outlets of the corridors. The advertising frames are a faience honey color and the name of the station is also faience in the style of the original CMP.

Bus connectionsEdit

The station is served by Lines 27, 47, 57, 59, 61, 64, 67 and 83 of the RATP Bus Network. At night, it is served by lines N15, N22, N31 and N144 of the Noctilien network.

Nearby attractionsEdit

  • The mayor's office of the 13th arrondissement.
  • The "Big Screen Building," a work of the Japanese architect Kenzo Tange, which includes offices, movie theaters, and shops.
  • Centre commercial Italie
  • Quartier de la Butte-aux-Cailles

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "SYMBIOZ - Le Renouveau du Métro". www.symbioz.net. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Paris : le métro Place-d'Italie aux couleurs de "Star Wars"". leparisien.fr (in French). 29 November 2015. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Trafic annuel entrant par station du réseau ferré 2018". data.ratp.fr (in French). Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  4. ^ Base Mérimée: PA00086600, Ministère français de la Culture. (in French)
  • Métropole
  • Pierre Miquel, Petite Histoire des Stations de Métro. Paris: Éditions Albin Michel, 1993.