HD photographs of Gare Denfert-Rochereau train station inside Place Denfert-Rochereau - Page 2
These high definition photos show the oldest railway station in Paris called the Gare Denfert-Rochereau, which is located within the 14th Arrondissement of Paris at the Place Denfert-Rochereau.
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This first HD photo shows the main central facade of the Gare Denfert-Rochereau, which was designed by the architect Alexis Dulong, and with work starting on this unique train station in Paris, it was finally completed in 1846.
You will find that it was Claude Arnoux who designed a railway network to go into Paris, and travelling from Sceaux, the train station was originally named the Gare de Sceaux, and this was inaugurated on 23rd June 1846 by Prince Antoine, Duke of Montpensier and Prince Louis, Duke of Nemours on behalf of their father King Louis Philippe I.
Now as you can see in this photo you have the central part with the clock and reliefs on the top pediment, and this is flanked by two wings or pavilions, and you can probably tell from this image that the building looks like it curves, and this was a design feature, as it was made in a circular type of shape, so that trains could turn around.
There have been additions to the train station over the years, but as you are looking at the main facade of the Gare Denfert-Rochereau, this image shows the right hand side or southern wing of this historical building with a bus stop located in front of it.
However, here is the left hand side wing, or the northern side of the Gare Denfert-Rochereau and one of these was originally designed for offices, while the other was for baggage and goods along with those entering Paris under the Octroi tax system, but as you can see one part is now home to a Australian themed bar and restaurant.
Yet this is a close up photo showing the clock along with the two allegories located either side that were designed to depicted railway innovations, and these were put in place on the top rectangular pediment in readiness for the official inauguration, and the clock is still working.
The Gare Denfert-Rochereau was officially classified as an historical monument back in June 1996 and it is the facades and roof that are protected, but as you can see from this photograph, the inside is similar in layout to many other train stations in Paris.
From when the Gare de Sceaux first opened things have changed immensely, especially as technology has progressed over the years, now having real time displays overhead, but in fact the original name was dropped and replaced with Gare Denfert-Rochereau in 1895, which was re-named after its location at the Place Denfert-Rochereau that was named after a Colonel that fought during the Franco-Prussian war.
But this image shows an information board showing the direction of the RER B line that goes from the Gare Denfert-Rochereau and has stops at places such as the Parc de Sceaux tourist attraction, and Antony, which is where you can get a connection to take you to Orly Airport.
You will find that the Gare Denfert-Rochereau became an RER station back in the 1970s and this image shows the tourist information board for the direction you need to go in order to catch the RER line B train that will take you places in Paris such as Chatelet - Les Halles and Gare du Nord, but this also goes to Charles de Gaulle airport.
And although the train station started off with a system referred to as Arnoux after its inventor with wide gauge rails or tracks, the system was abandoned for the standard gauge tracks, and the line was then operated by Paris-Orleans company until 1937 before being ceded to the Company of the Metropolitan of Paris.
The Company of the Metropolitan of Paris was then merged with the RATP in 1948 who now actually operate the majority of public transport in Paris in conjunction with SNCF, and in this photo you can see the Metro station platform at Gare Denfert-Rochereau, which is run by RATP.
So this next photo shows the automatic ticket machines located in the main entrance hall of the Gare Denfert-Rochereau, which are very easy to use to purchase tickets for the RER, Metro, Trams and Buses, and these have different language options, which normally include French, English, German and Spanish, to make your journey even easier.
Once you have purchased you ticket, whether it be through the automated machines or at the manned service desk, you will see turnstile barriers where you have to put your ticket in to pass through and it pops up again just as you are going through, but remember to keep hold of the small ticket in case you are checked.
Now as you are walking around Paris you will come across plaques that look like a shield and state Histoire de Paris, then underneath will be the subject the tourist information plaque is talking about, and although in French, it can still provide a brief history, and in this case the plaque you can see in this picture was related to the Gare Denfert-Rochereau.
Although this image shows the bus stop located just outside the Gare Denfert-Rochereau train station, which is on the Avenue Rene Coty at the Place Denfert-Rochereau in the 14th Arrondissement, and the bus routes you can see mentioned here along with the metro and RER lines that this station serves are all run by RATP.
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