It’s been a while since I’ve posted a Metro Station of the Month.
I’ve passed the Argentine station on the # 1 line many times without ever getting out and was always curious about why the station had that name.
Last month I had to exit the stop for an errand I was running and took the time to explore. The Argentine station was opened in 1900 and originally called Obligado, named after the Battle of Vuelta de Obligado, an Anglo-French victory over the Argentine Confederation in 1845. The name was changed to Argentine in 1948 when France wanted to honor Argentina because they were a big source of aid to France during WW II, when they shipped large quantities of beef and grain when France was struggling.
The station was renovated in 2008 and now has eight panels in different colors with photos representing the culture, and landscape of Argentina. It was inaugurated in 2011 in the presence Pierre Mongin, CEO of RATP, the ambassador of Argentina, and the Minister of Tourism.
The stop exits on to Ave. de la Grande Armee in the 17th arr.
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