In this article, the tourist blog Planet of Hotels will introduce you to the most interesting stations in the world.
1. Chhatrapati Shivaji Station in Mumbai, India
Initially, the station bore the name of Queen Victoria, and in 1996 it was renamed in honor of the national hero of India, Chhatrapati Shivaji, and the statue of the queen, which was located in the center under the dome, was removed.
The architect of this beautiful station is Frederick Stevens. In his work, he used a mixture of Indo-Saracenic style architecture and traditional architecture of the Victorian era. By the way, for his work, Stevens received only 1,600,000 rupees - about $ 27,000.
The construction of the Indian station Chhatrapati Shivaji took 10 years and today the building is on the UNESCO list. From here, trains run across India, as well as international trains. Near the train station there is the Hotel Airport Airport International.
2. Atocha Station in Madrid, Spain
Atocha is the largest and oldest train station in Spain. In 1851, Queen Isabella II ordered the construction of a railway station, so the first station building appeared in Madrid. After 40 years there was a strong fire, the station was reconstructed and reopened in 1892.
Gustave Eiffel, the author of the Parisian tower, took part in the design of the station. In 1992 - 100 years after the last reconstruction, Atocha became what we see today.
One of the features of the station is the botanical garden, where there are 550 species of birds and animals, 7000 plants, as well as a pond with turtles and fish. For passengers there is an excellent infrastructure - there are cafes, shops and even a nightclub.
3. Kanazawa Station in Kanazawa, Japan
Kanazawa Station in the same town is the oldest railway station in Japan. He received his first passengers in 1851. In the form in which we see it today, Kanazawa was opened in 2005.
The architecture of the buildings evoked mixed feelings among the locals - it combines futuristic design and traditional Japanese architecture. But foreigners liked this idea, and in a short time this place became very popular, almost a tourist attraction.
As you know, in Japan, space saving is of great importance. Therefore, 7 platforms are located one below the other. The main gate of Kanazawa is made of wood, and under the roof of glass, past the platforms and the ticket booths there is a garden with fountains and beautiful plants.
4. Liege-Guillemins station in Liege, Belgium
The first railway in Europe appeared in 1835. And after 7 years, the station Liege-Guillemins was created. In 1958 the building was completely rebuilt according to the standards of that time. The architect of the renewed Liege-Guillemena was Santiago Calatrava. In this form, the station was until 2009.
The opening ceremony was accompanied by a colorful show program and fireworks, which rather resembled the opening of the football championship. 9 railway tracks and 5 platforms covers a glass dome - 200 meters wide and 35 meters high. From the side it may seem that the whole structure is just hanging in the air. The construction of this beauty cost $ 312 million.
Liege-Guillemins is one of the few railway stations in Europe that is directly connected to the motorways, so buses stop here. The capacity of the station is about 36 thousand people.
5. Samara Railway Station in Samara, Russia
The station that you see today has replaced the Kuibyshev station, which has served 120 years before. The station is a huge building with a glass facade with a height of 100 meters and an area of over 32 thousand square meters.
At Samara railway station there are 12 railway lines, 5 platforms and two large waiting rooms equipped with comfortable seats, computer equipment, a fountain and a winter garden. The peculiarity of the station is an observation deck, from where a very beautiful view of the city opens. By the way, the station is one of the highest in Europe.
Later it is planned to build another part of the station, where the hotel, multi-level parking and a shopping center will be located. Also plans to integrate the station into the metro system. Thus, passengers from the metro can immediately get into the waiting room.
6. Rossio Station in Lisbon, Portugal
Tourists often confuse Rossio with a theater or museum building. And this is not strange - compared to the other presented stations, Rossio has a modest-sized facade, as well as an architectural image that has been preserved since the 19th century.
The station is a complex engineering structure and can rightfully be considered a work of art. During the construction of railway tracks a tunnel was dug out. 2.6 km - this was done in order not to interfere with car traffic, as the paths pass through the central part of Lisbon.
Until 1957, Rossio was the main city railway station, but today it serves only suburban areas.
7. La Gare Station in Strasbourg, France
La Gard looks like a huge glass dome, but once inside, you can see a lot of interesting things. The first station in French Strasbourg was built in 1854. At that time it was not only a passenger, but also was a commodity-sorting station. Later the station was destroyed, and then reconstructed.
In 2006, the network of high-speed trains TGV was connected to the station and at the same time it was decided to reconstruct the building. For two years a glass dome was erected here - it weighs 900 tons! The cost of construction - 150 million dollars. This dome makes it possible to preserve La Gard in the form in which it was reconstructed in 1883.
The station is equipped with the most computerized system in France. For the sake of its connection, traffic at the stations was stopped for 30 hours. Daily La Gar serves 60 thousand passengers.