Tuesday, November 27, 2012

T is for train station

                                     ABC Wednesday
I first published this post in November 2009...

This is the Rossio Train Station in Lisbon, Portugal. "Looking more like a theater or a lavishly adorned palace with horseshoe arched doorways, this monumental Neo-Manueline building located between Rossio and Restauradores squares, was built at a time when train stations were seen as temples of technology.

The Franco-Swiss author Blaise Cendrars called railway stations 'the most beautiful churches in the world,' and this station could be an example. It is one of the strangest architectural complexes housing a rail terminal in Europe, and today it is the local station for trains to Sintra.  It was closed for over three years for major renovation, but reopened in February of 2008." Source-. More here.

On the arches you can read "Estacao" (Station) on the left and "Central" on the right.  A close-up of the left arch is found above, click to enlarge for a better view.  It truly looked like a magical place at night!!


  1. What a beautiful station !!

    If you want to see the ugliest Christmas tree ever, then look here http://gattinawritercramps.blogspot.be/2012/11/a-scaffolding-as-x-mas-tree-in-brussels.html
    That thing will stand in the middle of the Grand'Place !! A shame !

  2. I noticed in England last summer that the train stations were all very nicely decorated - both architecturally and design-wise.

    abcw team

  3. Beautiful architecture at the train station. Love your lighting in these shots.

  4. Nice and ornate - I should point out though that in the UK they are always "railway stations" - never "train stations".

  5. That's a beautiful train station. Great choice to feature for T this week.

  6. Beautiful picture -- those arches are amazing! And I thought I recognized Portuguese writing on them!

  7. Those are very ornate and striking. You'd never know it was a train station.
    An n

  8. Ordinary Words...Majestic and formidable♫

  9. Wow! That is an amazing sight! Thanks for sharing it.

  10. those arches make it look lucky - love trains
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  11. Wow stunning design, I imagine it is the sort of place you never stop discovering something new. Worth a train journey.
    Joy - ABC Team

  12. Beautiful train station! Portugal is one of the few countries in Eur. I haven't visited (the others are Albania and Russia! Am originally from the Netherlands.

  13. Amazing design for train station.

  14. Such a grand train station!

    Catching up with all the T entries.

    Travels & Wandering
    Rose, ABC Wednesday Team


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