10 most beautiful railway stations in the world

Get your cameras, you arrive at the final station. Beautiful turrets frame the dome, hanging over a large hall, decorated with marble, glass and gilding. No, this is not another European cathedral, it is the central station of Belgium, Antwerp. Like him, many of the world’s most beautiful stations were built at the end of the 19th century, in the golden age, when the journey by train was something new and intriguing. Then the stations were not just transport nodes, but they were emblems of whole empires, architectural and engineering know-how, which even now those who are not going to train look for. So, in front of you are the 10 most beautiful railway stations in the world.

Antwerp Central Station, Belgium

1. When the building of this luxurious, neobaroque-style building was completed in 1905, it was criticized for its excessive extravagance. Still would! In the design was used more than 20 different types of stone and marble. However, anyway, to resist this eclectic luxurious construction with towering above it a huge arched dome is difficult. (Photo: Roger Price)

2. The most beautiful view of the vaulted glass ceiling opens with the original (preserved and after a large reconstruction) of the upper platform. (Photo: blenchi)

St Pancras Station, London

3. The neo-gothic facade of the red brick station began to collect rave reviews from the very first time it was opened in 1868. Then followed a few years of desolation, and only in the second half of the XX century the station received a huge investment of 800 million pounds, for which it was completely restored. (Photo by David McKelvey)

4. So, its glass roof got rid of a huge amount of dirt and debris of bricks, and more than 8,000 spoiled glasses were restored. The station again began to look like it should be, namely as one of the most beautiful Victorian sights of London. (Photo by Susan Allen)

Sirkeci Train Station, Istanbul


5. Built in 1890 as the terminal station for the Orient-Express train coming from Paris, this building in the Ottoman-style Art Nouveau is particularly attractive for its facade. Strips of red brick surround a wide entrance, and colorful stained glass windows create splashes of color inside the building. Despite the fact that this main entrance is now no longer in use, people often stop in front of him to admire the structure, and maybe find an occasional performance by the Dervishes circling inside the big hall. (Photo: dayjolly)

6. Photo: Ozgur Gurgey

Atocha railway station, Madrid

7. With the opening of the new terminal in 1992, the locals decided to convert the old station, decorating it with a beautiful tropical garden of palm trees reaching a high glass roof, and a small turtle pool. (Photo: Bruce Morrison)

8. Later they added a nightclub and several good cafes. You can not buy a ticket for a train here – you need to go to a new station, but in order to wait for your train, you can not think of a better place. (Photo: Tory Fink)

Union Station, Los Angeles

9. In the work on the project of this building, the father and son, John and Donald Parkinsons, used a mixture of the Spanish colonial style and the contemporary art deco style at the time. The high white colonial ceiling of the station reminds of old California, while its main waiting room is luxuriously decorated with painted wood on the walls and colorful marble inserts on the floor. (Photo by Mark Peacock)

10. On a sunny day, in addition, you can walk outdoors in the courtyard, surrounded by caring roses and fountains, decorated with mosaic. (Photo by Chris Panagakis)
Railway station of São Bento, Porto, Portugal

11. Externally reminiscent of Parisian architecture of the XIX century, with a mansard roof and a stone facade, this station, of course, is beautiful outside. (Photo: qitsuk)

12. However, getting inside, you can hardly keep an enthusiastic exclamation. Still would! The walls of the large main hall are covered with 20 000 magnificent, world famous tiles azulezhu, on the painting of which the artist Jorge Colaco spent 11 years of his life. Blue and white patterns depict the history of transportation. (Photo by G524_persoon2)

Chhatrapati-Shivaji Train Station, Mumbai, India

13. British architect F.V. Stevens listened to work on this project with local masters in order to dilute the Victorian neo-Gothic with Indian architectural traditions. Originally named after Queen Victoria, the train station soon became an important cultural and historical symbol of Mumbai, as well as a transport hub that uses up to three million passengers daily. The building is decorated with many complex elements, peeped at the Mongol and Hindu palaces scattered throughout the continent. Pay attention to the symbolic details on the top of the columns that surround the entrance: the lion sitting on one of them symbolizes Great Britain, and the tiger – India. (Photo by Chris Guy)

14. Photos: georges

Southern-Cross Station, Melbourne

15. Previously called Spencer Street, this station was called Southern Cross after a difficult upgrade in 2005. Its wavy roof extends a whole block and resembles an air-floating blanket mounted on Y-shaped columns. (Photo: Jes)

16. The shape of the roof also includes ventilation: there are special openings in it, where the air stagnant in the room leaves. In the western part of the station, in addition, pay attention to the colorful wall painting dedicated to the history of transport: it was first installed in 1978, then removed and rebuilt again after reconstruction. (Photo: macinate)

Kanazawa Station, Kanazawa, Japan

17. At first, locals were somewhat alarmed by the overly modern design of the entrance to Kanazawa Station. Wooden handmade columns and a glass dome in the form of an umbrella seemed to collide with the traditional architecture of the old city palace (best preserved during the war), in which the station itself was located in 2005. However, soon the station became so popular among photographers and tourists that the skeptics, who suddenly saw the beauty of the building, became fond of it. (Photo: Todd Fong)

18. Admire the central futuristic entrance, round the station and go to the end, where you will find a fountain, which also shows time. This is Japan. (Photo: か が み ~)

Central Station, New York

19. This, probably, the most cinematic station was built in the early XX century and is full of dazzling architectural details. Starting with a giant clock Tiffany on one of the facades and ending with a domed golden azure ceiling, painted with astronomical figures and a scattering of stars. (Photo by gigi_nyc)

20. Come here early in the morning, when the train station is not crowded yet, relax, sip cocktails in one of the local bars, or take an audio guide to discover and less known decor elements. (Photo by Jessie Leong)

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