10 most beautiful stations of the world
Reach for your camera, you arrive at the final station. Beautiful turrets flank the dome overhanging the large hall, a marble, glass and gold leaf. No, it is not yet a European cathedral, is the central railway station in Belgium, Antwerp. Like him, many of the world's most beautiful train stations were built in the late XIX century, the golden era when train travel was something new and intriguing. Then the stations were not just transport hubs, but were symbols of entire empires, architectural and engineering know-how, which today tend to see even those who are not going on the train.
So, before you 10 most beautiful railway stations in the world.
Central Station Antwerp, Belgium
When the construction of this luxurious, neo-baroque, the building was completed in 1905, it began to be criticized for excessive extravagance. Still would! The design has been used for more than 20 different types of stone and marble. But whatever it was, to stand in front of this magnificent eclectic building with a towering above him a huge arched dome complex.
The most beautiful view of the vaulted glass ceiling opens with the original (preserved and after a big renovation) of the upper platform.
Station St Pancras, London
The neo-Gothic facade of red brick station began collecting rave reviews ever since as soon as has been opened in 1868. This was followed by several years of neglect, and only in the second half of the XX century, the station received a huge investment of £ 800 million, which has been completely renovated.
So, its glass roof rid of the huge amount of dirt and debris of bricks and more than 8,000 damaged windows were restored. The station once again began to look as it should, namely as one of the most beautiful sights of Victorian London.
Sirkeci Train Station, Istanbul
Built in 1890 as the final Orient-Express train station, coming from Paris, this Ottoman-style building Modernist particularly attractive its front. Strips of red brick surrounded by a wide entrance, and colorful stained-glass windows create a splash of color inside the building. Despite the fact that the main entrance is now no longer in use, people often stop in front of him to admire the structure, and maybe even catch a random performance Dervishes whirling inside a large hall.
The train station of Atocha, Madrid
With the opening of the new terminal in 1992, the locals decided to convert the old station, adorning its beautiful tropical garden of palm trees, a high glass roof, and a small pool for turtles.
Later they added a nightclub, and a few good cafes. Train ticket here can not buy - you need to go to the new station, but to wait for the train, the best place you can imagine.
Union Station, Los Angeles
In the work on the draft of this building, father and son, John and Donald Parkinson, using a mixture of Spanish colonial style and modern at the time of Art Deco style. High white colonial station ceiling resembles the old California, while its main waiting room is luxuriously decorated with painted wood walls and multi-colored marble inlays on the floor.
On a sunny day, in addition, you can walk outdoors in the yard, surrounded by a concern among roses and fountains, decorated with mosaics.
Rail Station Sao Bento, Porto, Portugal
resembles the Parisian architecture of the XIX century, with a mansard roof and a stone facade, this station is, of course, beautiful and out.
However, once inside, you will hardly be able to keep the enthusiastic exclamation. Still would! The walls of the large main hall covered 20,000 magnificent, world famous azulezhu tiles, painting on which the artist Jorge Colac spent 11 years of his life. Blue and white patterns depict the history of transportation.
Chhatrapati Shivaji, Mumbai, India
The British architect FW Stevens listened to work on this project to the local craftsmen in order to dilute the New Gothic Victorian Indian architectural tradition. Originally named in honor of Queen Victoria, the station soon became an important cultural and historical symbol of Mumbai and transportation hub, which is used up to three million passengers daily. Building decorated plurality of complex elements, peeped on Mongolian and Hindu palaces scattered throughout the continent. Pay attention to the symbolic items on top of the towers that flank the entrance: seated on one of them, the lion symbolizes the United Kingdom, and the tiger - India.
Southern Cross Station, Melbourne
name Worn formerly Spencer Street Station, this became known as the Southern Cross after complex modernization in 2005. Its undulating roof stretches over an entire block and recalls floating in the air a blanket mounted on a Y-shaped columns.
The shape of the roof and provides ventilation: it has a special hole, where it goes stale air in the room. In the western part of the station, in addition, pay attention to the colorful mural, dedicated to the history of transport: it was first established in 1978, and then removed and recovered again after the reconstruction.
Kanazawa Station, Kanazawa, Japan
At first, the locals were a bit worried too modern design entrance to the station in Kanazawa. Wooden columns and hand-made glass dome in the form of an umbrella, as it were faced with the traditional architecture of the old city palace (the best preserved during the war), which in 2005 placed himself Station. Soon, however, the station has become so popular among photographers and tourists, and fell in love with the skeptics, all of a sudden when they saw the whole beauty of the building.
After admiring the central entrance futuristic, go around the station and go to the end, where you will find the fountain, which is also still displays the time. This is Japan.
Grand Central Station, New York
This is probably the most cinematic train station was built in the early XX century and is full of dazzling architectural details. From giant Tiffany clock on one of the facades and finishing golden domed azure ceilings painted with astronomical figures and a scattering of stars.
Come here early in the morning, when the station is not yet crowded with people, relax, sipping cocktails in one of the local bars, or take the audio guide to discover lesser-known elements of the decor.