Climbing the stairs out of Cité Metro station is like climbing out of a huge empty tank.  The greenish light adds to the sense that this might be a disused well or water tower, slightly disconcerting as the station is twenty metres below ground on an island in the Seine.

 

 

In place of the bright white tiles that clad the walls of most stations on the network, the walls here are lined with massive, riveted steel plates.  Opened in 1910, two years after the opening of Metro line 4 that it serves, this station is an example of industrial chic at its most robust. Unusually for the Paris metro this station has a lift but if you’re up to tackling the stairs it’s a memorable experience.

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