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The Gare de Lyon, Paris, France

March 10th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

The Gare de Lyon is a major railway station in Paris, France. It is named after the city of Lyon, the final destination of many of the long-distance trains departing from its platforms. In principle the station's SNCF services run to the south and east of France. The station also hosts regional trains, RER and metro lines.

The station was built for the World Exposition of 1900. Built on multiple levels, it is considered a classic example of the architecture of its time. Most notable is the large clock tower atop one corner of the station, similar in style to the clock tower of the UK Houses of Parliament, home to Big Ben.

The station houses a well known restaurant, Le Train Bleu, which has served drinks and meals to travellers and other guests since 1901 in an ornately-decorated setting.

On June 27th 1988, a runaway train crashed into a stationary rush-hour train killing 56 people and injuring a further 55.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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