Métro Saint Jacques: Audrey Hepburn, Compostela and Art Nouveau Associations

It is a metro stop that I found attractive from the first time I saw it. The touch of art nouveau Horta style, its’ name, the atypical sandwich box structure that covers the entry/exit – on line 6, Metro Line 6 is perhaps one of the metro stops that I find among the ‘coolest’.

After a bit of research, it turns out that the metro stop was also quite an important stop on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela – something that I would love to do: i.e. take the road to Compostela.

The stop was also one of the city’s network of gates and toll collection points.

It also shows up in Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant’s “Charade” (1963): Quite interesting to see the old ticket system for métros and the familiar tiles that you will find inside the metro stop, the old metro signs which have evolved slightly since the movie was shot.

YouTube carries a short segment of the Hepburn/Grant film featuring Metro Saint Jacques as it was in the early 60s, interesting to see: