Today we’re going to visit the metro station, Arts et Métiers in Paris, France. It’s a very special station with a very unique design, inspired by the fictional submarine “The Nautilus”, from the work of Jules Verne. Jules Verne was born in France on 8 February 1828 and died on 24 March 1905. He is most famous for his adventure novels including, “Journey to the centre of the Earth”, “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea”, and “Around the World in Eighty Days”.
“The Nautilus” is the submarine, captained by “Nemo”, from “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” and “The Mysterious Island” (1870 and 1874). Jules Verne had a huge influence on science fiction and if you remember the “Back to the future” series, “Doctor Emmett Brown” was inspired by the work of Jules Verne and named his children after him, in the third instalment of the world famous Hollywood franchise.
Arts et Métiers, Paris Métro
“Arts et Métiers” is the location of the arts and craft museum, “Musée des Arts et Métiers”. It is on Line 3 and Line 11 (the weird green line and the brown coloured line) and has two very different platforms. One is a quite traditional looking metro line and the other takes you “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” inside “The Nautilus” submarine! The original station opened on the 19th October 1904 and the second platform (or third and forth, depending how you look at it!), line 11, opened on the 28th April 1935.