Paris Métro Sign at Victoria Square – Montreal, Québec - Atlas Obscura

Paris Métro Sign at Victoria Square

The only example of a Paris Métro sign in use at a subway station outside of the French capital.  

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It’s often said that Montreal’s is one of the most beautiful metro systems in the world with more than 50 stations are decorated with over 100 works of public art. As you travel around the city stations are adorned with sculptures, stained glass, and murals by noted Quebecois artists. Arguably the most iconic one in the system, an original entryway designed by Hector Guimard in the Art-Nouveau style, can be found at Square-Victoria–OACI station.

The sign was installed in 1967 to celebrate the collaboration with Parisian engineers on the metro construction. The idea for bringing the iconic entrance to Montreal stemmed from a fact-finding visit by then-Mayor Jean Drapeau to Paris while the metro was being planned. He saw the Guimard entrance at Étoile station (now Charles de Gaulle–Étoile) station being demolished and suggested that a Guimard could be brought to Montreal.

During a recent restoration, it was discovered that the entranceway still had its original glass lamp globes—the only surviving examples in the world, since Paris had already replaced all its globes with plastic ones.

Know Before You Go

The sign is located on the Orange line at Square-Victoria–OACI station . Exit the station at the Saint Antoine entrance. As it is outside a metro ticket is not required so the sign is free to visit. 

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