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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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  • Some people call it Viaduct des arts, on the Plantèe, and the Promenade is French version of the corresponding concept of HighLine in NYC, which is an old railway line upgraded in Greenbelt spanning a stretch of elevated Paris passing through the midst of houses and palaces. If you are in the North, or Bastille/Republique/Lyon/blvd Daumesnil dont miss it! If you think a walk in the Green even though you are in the midst of Paris's most famous attractions, views sprecarta actually if you have time this is also a way to get into a glimpse of everyday life in Paris, overlooking snooping by far not Windows! It is 2 km long and a half but in half an hour you won't even know it! Handicap facilities available with elevator.
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  • The elevated park above, Promenade des Plantes, is a wonderful walk, up above the traffic. Super popular. Down below is a collection of unusual shops and galleries built in the arches of the former el...  more »
  • We started at the Bastille end and walked as far as Bel-Air metro station. The first part of the walk was elevated, as per its New York high line equivalent. In February the plants are principally out...  more »
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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!!