The place where visitors make up the first impression of the city is the railway station. It is therefore not surprising that many stations are very beautiful, functional and leave an indelible mark on the souls of the guests of the city. We offer to get acquainted closer with the most prominent representatives of these important architectural structures and, perhaps, it is already today that you must add a few points to your list;)
1. Chhatrapati Shivaji Station in Mumbai, India
Chhatrapati Shivaji Station, formerly known as Victoria Terminus, located on the west coast of India in the city of Mumbai. Initially, the station was named after Queen Victoria of Great Britain, but in 1996 the authorities renamed it after the national hero of the country, Chhatrapati-Shivaji. The construction of an architectural masterpiece took as much as 10 years. A distinctive highlight of the building was a combination of neo-Gothic and Indo-Saracenic style, which even today allow you to enjoy this work of art. For many, this station has the status of “the most beautiful railway station in the world.” In 2004, the Chhatrapati-Shivaji station was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Film lovers could see this train station in the movie Slumdog Millionaire.
2. Station Liege-Guillemins in Liege, Belgium
In 1942, the opening of the Liege-Guillemins railway station in Belgium took place. A year later, the first international direction appeared, connecting Belgium with Germany. Currently, the station in the city of Liege takes every day more than 36 thousand passengers and is the main transport artery. Since construction, the station has been modernized several times. In 2009, thanks to the architect Santiago Calatrava, the station was last updated, which acquired a modern and even somewhere futuristic view due to the huge 200-meter steel dome on top.
3. Central Station in New York, USA
One of the most famous railway stations in the world was opened in 1913 in New York. Central Station is not only famous for its grace and beauty, it is the largest railway station in the world. On its territory there are 47 platforms and 67 paths between them. Even if you don’t use this railway junction in New York, you should visit the central station to see not only the giant Tiffany clock on the facade of the building, but also the golden-azure domed ceiling with the image of the northern hemisphere constellations. Also, the station did not go unnoticed by the film industry. Its architecture was captured by dozens of films, the most famous of which are “Men in Black”, “The Godfather”, “Bad Boys”, etc.
4. St. Pancras Station in London, UK
In 1968 construction of St. Pancras railway station in London was completed. Previously, he bore the name of St. Patrick. The station is located in the city center opposite the building of the British Library and is one of 13 railway stations in London. After the restoration of the station in 2007, the building retained the Victorian style outside, and inside it gained the comfort and convenience of a modern railway terminal. The infrastructure of the station is well thought out: there are many retail outlets, food outlets, a restaurant, and a metro station called Kings Cross St Pancras.
A special attraction of the London railway station and moreover, probably, of the whole city, is the sculpture “Meeting Place”. The romantic monument with a height of 9 meters depicts the embrace of a couple in love, met after a long separation.
5. Atocha Station in Madrid, Spain
Atocha is the largest railway station in Madrid, opened in 1851. Translated from Spanish, the word "Atocha" means a low-growing plant with yellow flowers - the Spanish gorse. Behind the walls of a magnificent building is a real oasis. Locals broke this tropical garden, where the tops of palm trees almost reach the glass ceiling. And in small pools live turtles. Better place to wait for your train will not find. But also you should not forget that Atocha is a large railway junction through which high-speed trains, trains, subways and bus routes pass.
6. Shinjuku Station in Tokyo, Japan
Shinjuku station in Tokyo entered our list of special railway stations not for the appearance of the building, but for other reasons. In 2007, Shinjuku Station was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the busiest station in the world. The station serves about 3.64 million people daily. For such bandwidth, 36 platforms and 200 outputs were created.
7. Central Station in Berlin, Germany
On the site of the old destroyed Lert station in 2006, the Central Station of Berlin was opened for operation. It is considered the largest railway station in Europe. According to the project of architect Meinhard von Gerkan, an original two-level, modern building of steel and glass was built. The station has 14 paths and helps to travel more than 350 thousand people.
And this is not the whole list of masterpieces of railway architecture. Friends, travel and explore our world. He is beautiful.
And what is the most beautiful railway station in the world for you?