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Join this guided walk of the area around the Gare de Lyon and the Opéra Bastille, where the architecture not only tells the story of Paris but also reflects its modern face.
Language: French speaking visit only.
The walk begins at place de la Bastille, a site which has been rebuilt and modified many times over the centuries – and is still undergoing changes today. This perpetual renewal has become part of its history and the Bastille has always been, and remains, a national symbol.
From in front of the Opera designed by Carlos Ott – an architect who was almost unknown at the time (it is said that the competition he won was meant to honour another architect) – we will walk down the rue de Lyon, past a number of remarkable buildings, to the Gare de Lyon. The station was built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900, which prompted a complete redevelopment of the area (notably the demolition of the Mazas prison opposite the station) including the building of the iconic restaurant Le Train Bleu.
We will follow a couple of detours to discover some hidden gems such as the delightful rue Crémieux and before we leave the area, we will have a look at the modern district taking shape between rue de Bercy and the Seine, which illustrates the aim of today’s planners to further develop the eastern side of the capital.