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The Five Most Enchanting Train Stations from Around the World

The Five Most Enchanting Train Stations from Around the World

Not all train stations are created equal. Some of them, in fact, are quite beautiful, and many of them are worth visiting even if you don’t plan on catching the next train out of town any time soon! We’ve compiled a list of five of the most striking train stations from around the world below, each with its own fascinating history and some stories that you’re sure to enjoy learning about!

Grand Central Terminal, New York City

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Grand Central Terminal’s distinctive station status is due to the station’s French Beaux-Arts architecture. It makes perfect sense that it is referred to be majestic with marble stairways, a domed ceiling covered with zodiac stars, and an underground oyster restaurant. French national railway company SNCF opened up their second most visited site in 2014 as this was not only a train station but also a museum. The trains in this grand building are now supplemented by ones for high speed transportation.

Sirkeci Railway Station, Istanbul

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This station, constructed in 1890, previously served as the point of departure for the renowned Orient Express. The Sirkeci Railway Station was built using French Art Nouveau and Ottoman architectural features, and it has dramatic red accents. The terminal restaurant evolved into a gathering place for journalists and authors throughout the 1950s and 1960s. It is still used today to board trains to Istanbul’s Asian suburbs.
In 1910, architect Raimondo D’Aronco designed this train station to resemble an ancient Roman temple with its round arches and large columns. It is found in Trieste on the Adriatic coast of Italy. Trieste railway station contains many rooms which were designed to serve different purposes: ticket offices, waiting rooms, baggage storage areas and even post offices!

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai

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An Italian Gothic-style train station in India may appear weird, but it also has traditional Indian architecture, such as turrets and pointed arches. The structure was finished in 1887, the 50th year of Queen Victoria’s reign. Gargoyles, statues of the local flora and wildlife, and sculptures depicting trade, science, and development may be seen throughout the area. Visitors can enjoy a variety of architectural styles at this station, including European, Rajput, and Mughal influences.
Other enchanting stations include Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station (constructed in 1996), Amsterdam Centraal Railway Station (constructed in 1889), Oslo Sentralstasjon (built between 1898-1901), and Moscow Paveletskaya Railway Station (built between 1851-1860).

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