Essential Architecture-  Paris

Gare de Lyon

architect

 

location

Paris, France.

date

1900

style

Art Nouveau 

construction

stone facade, steel and glass train shed

type

Utility Transport Railway station
 
  Outside the station, with its large clock tower.
 
  Inside the station.
 
  At the edge of the station.
   
The Gare de Lyon is one of the six large railway terminus in Paris, France. It is named after the city of Lyon, a stop for many long-distance trains departing here, most en route to the south of France. In general the station's SNCF services run to the south and east of France. The station also hosts regional trains and the RER. It is served by the Gare de Lyon metro station.

The station was built for the World Exposition of 1900. On multiple levels, it is considered a classic example of the architecture of its time. Most notable is the large clock tower atop one corner of the station, similar in style to the clock tower of the UK Houses of Parliament, home to Big Ben.

The station houses the Le Train Bleu restaurant, which has served drinks and meals to travellers and other guests since 1901 in an ornately-decorated setting.

On 27 June 1988, a runaway train crashed into a stationary rush-hour train, killing 56 people and injuring a further 55.

The station was comicly featured in Mr. Bean's Holiday starring Rowan Atkinson.

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See also
Gare de l’Est
Gare du Nord
Gare d'Austerlitz
Gare de Lyon
Gare Montparnasse
Gare Saint-Lazare
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