Charenton-le-Pont is a commune
Communes of France
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in the southeastern suburbs of Paris
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. It is located 6.2 km (3.9 mi) from the centre of Paris
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. It is one of the most densely populated municipalities in Europe
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Charenton was a lunatic asylum, founded in 1645 by the Frères de la Charité in Charenton-Saint-Maurice, now Saint-Maurice, Val-de-Marne, France....
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is located in the neighbouring commune Charenton-Saint-Maurice, which changed its name in 1842 to Saint Maurice
Saint-Maurice is a commune in the southeastern suburbs of Paris, France. It is located from the center of Paris. The insane asylum Charenton was located in Saint-Maurice; it is now a psychiatric hospital.-History:...
HistoryOn 1 January 1860, the city of Paris was enlarged by annexing neighbouring communes. On that occasion, half of the commune of Bercy
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was annexed to the city of the Paris, and the remaining half was annexed to Charenton-le-Pont.
In 1929, the commune of Charenton-le-Pont lost about a third of its territory when the city of Paris annexed the Bois de Vincennes
Bois de Vincennes
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, a small part of which belonged to Charenton-le-Pont.
TransportCharenton-le-Pont is served by two stations on Paris Métro Line 8
Paris Metro Line 8
Paris Métro Line 8 is one of 16 metro lines in Paris, France. It connects the Balard station in southwestern Paris, to Créteil – Préfecture station in Créteil, a town south-east of the French capital, following a parabolic route on the right bank of Seine River...
Liberté (Paris Métro)
Liberté is a station on line 8 of the Paris Métro in the commune of Charenton-le-Pont.The station opened on 5 October 1942 with the extension of the line from Porte de Charenton to the Charenton - Écoles...
and Charenton — Écoles
Charenton - Écoles (Paris Métro)
Charenton - Écoles is a station on line 8 of the Paris Métro in the commune of Charenton-le-Pont.The station opened on 5 October 1942 with the extension of the line from Porte de Charenton. It was the eastern terminus of the line until 19 September 1970, when the line was extended to Maisons-Alfort...