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Even in the City of Light, there are abandoned metro stations. While this isn’t surprising given Paris’ vast underground catacomb network, the contrast between pristine Paris and the abandoned stations is striking. Fortunately, like New York City’s abandoned subway stations and unused levels, intrepid urban explorers have long been photographing these stations for the lay people to view.

7. Subterranean Time Capsule Holding Vintage Paris Metro Trains

Parisian trainspotters have for years hoarded a special secret. It’s located next to the Metro Station Villiers in the 17th arrondissement, in a storage track that used to be a terminal loop for Metro Line 3 (photo above) before it was extended. Inside, some very old trains lie dormant, their slumber undisturbed by regular visits by spray painters and photographers. Most of them are in an advanced state of decay. See more photos from our exploration here!

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