The bunker was designed to allow vital trains to continue to run during the war. AFP / Philippe LOPEZ
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It lies hidden deep beneath Paris's bustling Gare de l'Est railway station, its sprawling subterranean rooms and sparse furniture pristinely preserved if a little dusty. Originally built a few years before World War II for luggage storage, the underground space was repurposed as a bunker after war broke out.With a 3-meter-thick concrete ceiling, the space was designed for about 70 people to be able to take refuge in the small rooms of the 120-square-meter shelter.But, in the end, the bunker never really saw any action – Paris was largely spared from air attacks during WWII, and there was little danger of poison gas.The room also has two bicycles.
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