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Sign: Paris - The Art of the Metro - Saint-Ambroise the animal metro

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82 Bd Voltaire, 75011 Paris, France
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la culture du métro
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histoire(s) de métro

Saint-Ambroise le métro de animaux
Saint-Ambroise est le pays des animaux. Vous en doutez? La démonstration est pourtant lumineuse . Ambroise (1) est en effet un saint (jusque-là tout va bien). Né vers 340 à Trèves, il devient gouverneur, puis évêque à Milan où il meurt en 397, après avoir baptisé saint Augustin. Aucun rapport avec les animaux? Détrompez-vous. Car saint Ambroise, dent on célèbre la fête le 7 décembre est aussi... le patron des apiculteurs. Et pour cause: son nom évoque l’ambroisie, ce breuvage des dieux de l’Olympe qui apportait l’immortalité et qu’on appelle aussi nectar, comme le suc mielleux que butinent les abeilles!

L’église Saint-Ambroise, construite au XIXe siècle à l’emplacement de l’ancien Couvent des Annonciades de Popincourt, n’a cependant rien d’une ruche. Ce bâtiment de style romano-ogival édifié par Ballu, un des architectes de l’Hôtel de Ville, est flanqué de deux tours de 68 m de haut où nichent parfois... des faucons crécerelles. Les cloches de l’église furent bénites en 1869 en présence de l’empereur Napoléon III, qui voulait réaliser l’union du sabre et du goupillon. Mais si les dieux de l’Olympe se mêlent ici au Dieu des chrétiens, les abeilles manquent de fleurs pour y butiner.

Sur les quais, entre les rails, dans les couloirs et dans les tunnels vit pourtant une faune méconnue: les moustiques et les grillons (2), grands amateurs de chaleur, prennent ici leurs quartiers d’hiver, avant de suivre, sans doute, les touristes sur la Côte d’Azur. Discrets, ces passagers clandestins du métro se nomment rat surmulot (3), souris grise, moineau domestique, pigeon biset de ville, blatte orientale ou blaps des caves... Un jour, les agents de la RATP y ont même trouvé un boa qui dormait tranquillement dans un wagon de première classe à la station place de Clichy! (4)

Les saints dans le métro
/ Basilique de Saint-Denis
Porte de Saint-Ouen / Saint-Michel
Saint-Georges / Saint-Paul
Saint-Lazare / Pré-Saint-Gervais
Saint-Augustin / Saint-Philippe-du-Raule
Saint Philippe du Roule / Saint-Fargeau
Saint-François-Xavier / Rue Saint-Maur
Saint-Placide / Saint-Ambroise
Porte de Saint-Cloud / Saint-Mandé Tourelle
Saint-Sulpice / Saint-Sébastien Froissart
Saint-Germain-des-Prés / Saint-Marcel
/ Saint-Jacques
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One of the signs describing the history of the Paris Metro.
The sign found at the Saint-Ambroise station describes the Saint Saint-Ambroise, and the animals found in the area and at the station.

The text refers to the images that appear on the sign, and that appear here in enlargement:
(1) Ambrose - Click for a larger image
(2) Cricket - Click for a larger image
(3) Brown rat - Click for a larger image
(4) The snake found in the first class - Click for a larger image

In the background of the sign appears the Saint-Ambroise church mentioned in the text

RATP - Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens - Autonomous Parisian Transportation Administration

Translation of the text on the sign:

metro culture
metro history

Saint-Ambroise the animal metro
Saint-Ambroise is the land of animals. Do you doubt it? The demonstration is nevertheless luminous. Ambrose (1) is indeed a saint (so far so good). Born around 340 in Trier, he became governor, then bishop in Milan where he died in 397, after having baptized Saint Augustine. No connection with animals? Think again. Because Saint Ambrose, whose feast day is celebrated on December 7, is also... the patron saint of beekeepers. And for good reason: its name evokes ambrosia, this drink of the gods of Olympus which brought immortality and which is also called nectar, like the honeyed juice that bees gather!

The Saint-Ambroise church, built in the 19th century on the site of the former Convent of the Annonciades of Popincourt, is, however, nothing like a hive. This Romanesque-ogival style building built by Ballu, one of the architects of the Town Hall, is flanked by two 68 m high towers where kestrels sometimes nest. The church bells were blessed in 1869 in the presence of Emperor Napoleon III, who wanted to achieve the union of the saber and the brush. But if the gods of Olympus mingle here with the God of the Christians, the bees lack flowers to gather nectar there.

On the platforms, between the rails, in the corridors and in the tunnels, little-known fauna lives: mosquitoes and crickets (2), great lovers of heat, take up their winter quarters here, before undoubtedly following, tourists on the French Riviera. Discreet, these underground stowaways are called brown rats (3), gray mice, house sparrows, city rock pigeons, oriental cockroaches and cellar blaps... One day, RATP agents even found a boa there which slept peacefully in a first class carriage at the Place de Clichy station! (4)

Saints in the metro
/ Basilica of Saint-Denis
Porte de Saint-Ouen / Saint-Michel
Saint-Georges / Saint-Paul
Saint-Lazare / Pré-Saint-Gervais
Saint-Augustin / Saint-Philippe-du-Raule
Saint Philippe du Roule / Saint-Fargeau
Saint-François-Xavier / Rue Saint-Maur
Saint-Placide / Saint-Ambroise
Porte de Saint-Cloud / Saint-Mandé Turret
Saint-Sulpice / Saint-Sébastien Froissart
Saint-Germain-des-Prés / Saint-Marcel
/ Saint Jacques




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