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Viaduc des Arts, Paris
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The Viaduc des Arts - located in Avenue Daumesnil 1-129, in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, France - is a rehabilitation of the former “Viaduc de Bastille” carrying the railways of the Paris-Bastille - Vincennes train line. This rehabilitation project was designed in 1988 by the architect Patrick Berger under the direction of the SEMAEST (Société d’Economie Mixte d’Aménagement de l’EST de Paris). It is hosting a section of the Promenade Plantée, and many art galleries and shops.HistoryIn 1853, the private company “Société de Chemin de Fer Paris Strasbourg” was granted to build a train line crossing Paris 12th arrondissement from Bastille to Verneuil l’Etang, going through Vincennes. This project implied considerable works such as digging tunnels or building infrastructure objects such as the “Viaduc de la Bastille” a 1,5 km long viaduct made of 64 vaults. The train line was opened in 1859, but ceased in 1969 after the creation of the RER A line into which a part of the line was integrated, while the Paris-Vincennes was completely abandoned.In 1979, the APUR (Atelier Parisien d’Urbanisme) was commissioned to rethink the disused viaduct that follows the Rue de Lyon and the Avenue Daumesnil, along with the choice of reconverting the station of Bastille into a new Opera house (Opera Bastille). Two options came up for the future of the viaduct : The first option was to demolish it in order to implement new buildings along the street. The second option was to reconvert the railroad into a promenade, and to make use of the space under the vaults as well as of the dilapidated plots neighbouring the viaduct. But the presence of well maintained building directly behind the viaduct dismissed the first option. In fact, the rehabilitated viaduct could host many activities and constitute a much more welcoming façade for the Avenue Daumesnil.
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  • Beautiful walk in the heart of Paris and 12th District, fruit of the rehabilitation of the railway line which was leaving the station of the Bastille until Verneuil through Vincennes. The arches of the viaduct were however restored in 1989. A pretty nice walk, original and anything but monotonous allowing along the route down from the viaduct to reach the shops just below. Wide variety of shrubs, plants, flowers, alleys that separate, converging, take turns, hide with walls of vines, some places do breaks... A ride height that gives the opportunity at any time to "look at the balcony" to watch Paris and partially escape the traffic noise and the smell of exhaust. To run, walk, rest and enjoy a moment of relaxation and change of scenery. Do not miss the walk!
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  • Staying in a hotel near Bastille, me and my boyfriend had heard of this walk, also called the Promenade plantée because surrounded by trees and flowers. To get there just go behind the Bastille Opera, there are many indications that will take you to an overhead door with the words "Viaduc des Arts". It's a walk created on a former railway line, for this is elevated, and extends for several kilometres, reaching the far end of Paris to the gardens of Reuilly. Nothing fancy, but at the same time is romantic and takes you to quiet places, gardens, parks, a piece of wood and in no time you will have 4 km route! Little known by tourists but well exploited by the Parisians, walk at sunset to enjoy the beauty of the city view from the top!
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  • I think it's so pleasant to the soothing, beautiful, perfectly maintained green walking between all kinds of buildings in the typical Parisian style and to the busy city life under the viaduct to spy on the once in a while. A visit to Paris for me is not complete as I've made here no walk!
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  • 這是一個我一直想去的巴黎景點,但由於是沒有規劃的情況下遇到的,所以非常的興奮,只可惜沒有早起來這邊晨跑運動,這裡非常適合慢跑。這個地方有著開放時間,前來的人需要查看一下喔!不過通常都是晚上關閉!在那待了一下,看著運動的人們,看著在那幾個角落空間停留的人們,來巴黎玩一定不要錯過這個好地方!!