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Seokkwon
Seokkwon

The original of naming 'Gare de Lyon'

Hello,

I had troubled while I was traveling from Cannes to Paris. I requested my travel agency to book a TGV ticket from Cannes to Paris giving the station name 'Lyon', but they booked a ticket to a station in Lyon: 'Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu’.

I believe such miscommunication may not happen to the people in France, however, the name may cause confusion for foreigners.

It sounds like Toronto, the biggest city of Canada, has a station named 'Montreal': ‘Station of Montreal’.

Is there any historical background or any practical purpose when they named a station in Paris after the city Lyon?

Your answer would be much appreciated.

Merci.

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michael
michael

Bonjour,

This station was built for the World Exposition of 1900. It was the northern terminus of the Paris–Marseille railway. It was named after the city of Lyon, where stopped most trains departing here from Paris, and from where they were coming.

Cordialement.

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