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Art aficionados, culture vultures and unashamed aesthetes flock to Paris to see some of the best art in the world. From world class paintings, sculptures and architecture the city is bursting with top museums and art galleries–however, let’s not disregard what lies beneath the cobbled city streets.

The travel experts at the Paris Pass have gone underground to uncover the true beauty of Paris’ metro stations. From original art nouveau entrances, to cleverly curated platforms, the Paris subway system is a network worthy of much more than getting from A to B! There’s plenty to appreciate in terms of art and culture, so take your adventures to another level: under the busy streets of the French capital.

6. Louvre-Rivoli

8, rue de l’Amiral de Coligny

Louvre-rivoli-metro1-ParisImage via Flickr by K e t y

The Louvre is arguably one of the most popular attractions in Paris thanks to its vast collection of art works. Welcoming over 9 million visitors a year, it’s not surprising then that the Paris underground had to reflect the style and stature of this renowned museum. Built in 1990 at the same time as the new glass pyramid, the Louvre-Rivoli metro station is lined with replica art works to echo the pieces within the museum itself. Although this station no longer provides access to the museum itself, visitors passing through on Paris transport can still admire the uniquely curated platforms. Palais Royal-Musee du Louvre on the other hand is the Louvre Museum’s main metro station now, which is another must-see on your metro art tour. The unique Place Colette entrance is made from multi-coloured glass baubles and well worth a look.

Louvre-rivoli-metro-Paris-SubwayImage via Wikimedia Commons by Osbornb

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