10th Oct 2017
MOST AMAZING RAILWAY STATIONS IN THE WORLD
Railway stations are not usually among people’s ideal places to spend a day.
The noise and crowd are enough to make people flee as soon as possible.
However, there are some railway stations, which offer more than just chaos.
They are architectural triumphs as well as historical relics.
Here we look at the Most Amazing Railway Stations in the world.
1. Grand Central Terminal, New York
Designed by the architectural firms of Reed and Stem and Warren and Wetmore,
this railway station in New York is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world.
The Grand Central Terminal draws over 20 million visitors in a year,
making it one of the top ten tourist destinations.
It is the biggest railway station in the world, with 44 platforms and 67 tracks.
The current building, designed in Beau-Arts style, was completed in 1913.
One time, it used to house art galleries and a museum.
The railway station regularly finds a place in top lists. It has been featured
in many films, including The Godfather and Men in Black.
2. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai
The only railway stations that has been included in the list of
UNESCO world heritage sites, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is an example of architectural triumph.
Designed by Frederick William Stevens in a blend of traditional Mughal
and Victorian Gothic architecture, it was opened in 1888.
It was formerly called Victoria Terminus. The station, named after
the Maratha king Shivaji, is one of the busiest in India,
used by around three million passengers daily.
3. St. Pancras International, London
Known as the ‘cathedral of the railways,’ the St. Pancras International
was opened in 1868. It has undergone renovation various times since
then but has retained its old charm. Famous for its Victorian architecture,
it is decorated with many artworks. The station’s arched train shed
was the largest single-span structure at that time.
Its facade is occupied by the Renaissance Hotel.
The station also houses numerous shops and restaurants.
4. Atocha Station, Madrid
Opened in 1851, this station is named after a nearby church dedicated
to Our Lady of Atocha. It was designed by Alberto de Palacio Elissagne
and Gustave Eiffel. What makes the Atocha station unique is the large garden,
resembling almost a small jungle, built around it. It was designed by
Spanish architect Rafael Moneo and houses hundreds of species of plants and rare animals.
There is also a memorial for the victims of 2004 Madrid bombings.
5. Antwerp Central, Antwerp
One of the most beautiful railway stations in the world, the Antwerp Central
was opened in 1905. It is an amalgamation of Architectural styles,
primarily designed by Louis Delacenserie. The massive dome
over the waiting hall is the brain-child of Delacenserie, the trainshed was designed by
Clement van Bogaert and the glass viaduct
into the station was designed by architect Jan Van Asperen.
This Belgian structure has been selected as the most beautiful
railway station in many surveys.