Metro Magic: Cluny/La Sorbonne Takes Flight in the Heart of Paris

   1826    2
Metro Magic: Cluny/La Sorbonne Takes Flight in the Heart of Paris
This is the sixth in a monthly series of stories about the wonders of the Paris Metro System. A quick rumble through the Cluny/La Sorbonne metro station on Line 10 reveals pristine white tiled walls and signs with ornate red typeface naming this historic stop. Simple. Elegant. Minimalism at its best. A minimal metro design, until . . . © Meredith Mullins That was my impression for many years, having never stepped out onto the platform —always flying by on my way to the next stops, Maubert Mutualité or Odéon. But there are surprises everywhere in Paris. You might find someone actually reading a book at this station—in the heart of the Latin Quarter, a historic center of learning. © Meredith Mullins When you step out and look up at the vaulted ceiling, a majestic mosaic world emerges — a world reflecting the Latin Quarter legacy of culture and education. Mosaic birds take flight. © Meredith Mullins Beautiful bird wings flutter across the curved white sky, perhaps signifying the free-spirited heart of the Latin Quarter. And upscale mosaic “graffiti” (the ultimate in artistic tagging) reminds us of the movers and shakers in Latin Quarter life. The Artistry of Jean Bazaine The dramatic ceiling was designed by French artist Jean René Bazaine. Although he was a painter in the Modern School of Paris (including a solo exhibit at the Grand Palais in 1990), he was most noted for his mosaics and stained glass. Detail from Bazaine’s ‘Les Oiseaux’ on the vaulted station ceiling. © Meredith Mullins

Lead photo credit : Detail of Les Oiseaux in the Cluny/Sorbonne metro station. © Meredith Mullins

More in Cluny, Metro magic, Paris metro

Previous Article Letter from Paris: February 9, 2022 News Digest
Next Article Off to the Puces: Paris Flea Market Cheat Sheet

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.


  • Deborah Lynn Wickham
    2022-02-10 07:31:51
    Deborah Lynn Wickham
    Amazing - all my trips to Paris and never "looked up" in some of these metro stations! You made my afternoon ...


    •  Meredith Mullins
      2022-02-11 10:08:09
      Meredith Mullins
      Thank you, Deborah, for your comment. I must say I'm a little embarrassed that it took me so long to "look up" at Cluny/La Sorbonne. But I am now reminded how much beauty there is all around Paris. Enjoy!