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Varenne Metro station, a decor dedicated to Rodin

This page was updated on: Sunday, May 26, 2019 at: 1:47 pm

Rodin’s Thinker thinks in the Metro

Varenne Metro station serves the Rodin Museum, located in the Hôtel Biron, Rue de Varenne. Its decoration is thus entirely dedicated to the sculptor.

Two reproductions of his statues are indeed exhibited on the central platform (the rail lines are side by side).

You will recognise The Thinker, undoubtedly Rodin’s most emblematic work, as well as a statue of Honoré de Balzac, also famous.

The station’s general decor is understated, white tile walls and black floor, to showcase them.

Varenne Metro station serves an affluent district

Varenne Metro station is on Line 13, which connects Châtillon-Montrouge to St-Denis-Université and Asnières-Genneviliers.

The station opened in 1923 and was named after the Plaine de la Garenne.

Twenty centuries ago the Romans named this game-rich sandy plain on the Rive Gauche Garanella. A garenne indeed designed a wild uninhabited place, home to wild rabbits.

La Garenne naturally became one of the royal hunts in the Middle-Ages, and the name evolved in varenne over time.

The only settlement was a large farm and outbuildings that belonged to the Abbey of Sainte-Geneviève. The remaining land belonged to the abbey of St Germain des Prés.

The farm was pulled down in the mid-18th century and the land recovered to build the Ecole Militaire and the Hôtel Royal des Invalides.

An aristocratic district developed around them and along the road that led to the Château of Versailles where Louis XIV had just moved.

Haussmann’s renovation of Paris in the mid-19th century led to the destruction of some of these mansions to open new streets and avenues. Those that escaped demolition are today home to foreign embassies, consulates and French official buildings.

Among them is the Hôtel de Matignon, the official residence of the Prime Minister in Rue de Varenne, next door to the Rodin Museum-Hôtel de Biron.

Other sites of interest near Varenne Metro station?

Ecole Militaire, Champ de Mars, Eiffel Tower, Hôtel Royal des Invalides

A 10mn will take you to the Orsay Museum and the Assemblée Nationale-Palais Bourbon (you can visit the latter on European Heritage Days)

Directions: 7th district
Coordinates: Lat 48.857094 - Long 2.315399

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