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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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  • Such a quiet, midweek walk after a visit to the Marche D'Aligre @4 km in length. Old elevated rail line with artisan and craft shops in the lower arcades. Planters in full summer bloom. Seems somewhat...  more »
  • Late Sunday morning, a wonderful Sun and a hankering to nature. We decide to go looking for a course to walk and fall on the viaduct of arts. The little guy has his scooter and everything is provided so that it can fully enjoy away from traffic! The path is green throughout your walk you will discover roses, bamboo... nature is free and it's beautiful. There are regular water for walkers and other fountains joggers (you will cross a lot). At halfway, it is also possible to enjoy the facilities of an outdoor and free fitness room; There are even sometimes a coach on site which gives free advice. Lush alcoves are designed for lovers of the calm and reading (or for all lovers). A very nice discovery. Note for the return, you can get off your walk perched in order to discover the many artisans and artists who have their shops under the arches redeveloped into shops or showrooms. It is also possible to eat since the neighborhood is no shortage of places to land. Discover or rediscover immediately.
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  • Great ground level set of arts shops and creative ateliers. Top level has a very nice trail with lots of green. In my opinion, a hidden gem in Paris.  more »
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  • Great string of unique ateliers and cafes along a handsome boulevard and neighborhood. Overhead, a railroad right of way has been converted to a scenic green/garden walk.
  • Cool for some coffee.
  • These old red brick arches supporting a railway track have been completely upgraded to a prestigious showcase of the french 🙌 expertise. The viaduct again a little animation in this sleepy neighborhood stirring exhibitions, crafts, fashion and decoration. With a bit of luck we got demonstrations where artisans working under the eyes of walkers through the large windows.
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  • Course of unspeakable beauty! This viaduct allows to have a very nice view of Paris: we pass between buildings, we open a road in the privacy of these buildings, it makes us look a mouse who sneaks into a House. The greenery of the viaduct makes the ride more beautiful!
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  • It is a prestigious showcase of french know-how, with its many artisans of crafts, an exceptional place which blend the latest trends. You can also enjoy a coffee, loaded arches of history, have lunch or dinner.
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