Metro Magic: Château Rouge, A Cultural Crossroads

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Metro Magic: Château Rouge, A Cultural Crossroads
This is the eighth in a series of stories about the wonders of the Paris Metro System.  You don’t need a passport to travel to this crossroads of diverse cultures. An expanded world awaits at Château Rouge for just the price of a metro ticket. A multicultural flow of voyagers in the Château Rouge metro station. © Meredith Mullins The red brick château built in 1760 — for which the metro station (and the area) was named — no longer exists. But vibrant moments of rouge still abound — in the vivid red chairs in the metro station and in the colorful African dress of the Goutte d’Or neighborhood locals and in the African wax cloth shop windows. The Château Rouge station pays tribute to its namesake rouge with its colorful brick red station chairs. The Château Rouge metro station — opened in 1904 in the 18th arrondissement as part of Line 4 — is worth visiting for many reasons. It has been called the most African of metro stations and offers highlights such as the dynamic ceramic fresco in the station ticket level and the lively Rue Dejean African market just outside. The neighborhood is called “Little Africa” for good reason. The fresco “Célébrations” in the station ticket hall. © Meredith Mullins The Station Fresco The station was modernized by RATP with a renovation in 2016­­–17. But the 2017 addition of a wall-size fresco in the ticket hall makes the station truly unique. More than 20,000 travellers each day are greeted by the lively fresco. © Meredith Mullins

Lead photo credit : The Château Rouge Metro Station. © Meredith Mullins

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Meredith Mullins is an internationally exhibited fine art photographer and instructor based in Paris. Her work is held in private and museum collections in Europe and the U.S. and can be seen at or in her award-winning book "In A Paris Moment." (If you’re in Paris, a few rare, signed copies are available at Shakespeare and Company and Red Wheelbarrow.) She is a writer for OIC Moments and other travel and education publications.


  •  Annabel Simms
    2023-05-24 12:53:56
    Annabel Simms
    Nice one, Meredith! I enjoyed reading this. It's an accurate portrayal of the neighbourhood and I appreciated the information about the fresco.