Monday, September 9, 2019

Top 10 beautiful railway stations, attracting the most tourists in the world

A number of railway stations can be lured, strangely attractive despite the inherent noisy, bustling of transport hubs.

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The stations are often not among the ideal places for travelers to spend a day visiting. The noise and the crowds are enough to make people want to leave as soon as possible.

However, there are a number of railway stations, where they can hold on, strangely attractive to visitors. The truth is that they are special architectures associated with interesting historical sites. Let's take a look at 10 of the best railway stations in the world as voted by the Wonderlist page.

1. Grand Central Terminal, New York, USA

Grand Central Terminal
Grand Central Terminal.
Designed by renowned architectural firms Reed-Stem and - Wetmore, this New York City railway station is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world. Grand Central Terminal attracts more than 20 million visitors a year, making it one of the top ten terminals to be considered a tourist destination.

It is the largest railway station in the world, with 44 platforms and 67 rails. The main executive building, designed in Beau-Arts style, was completed in 1913. The main building of the station was used to house art galleries and act as a museum.

Grand Central Terminal has been featured in many popular movies, including "The Godfather" and "The Man in Black."

2. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Station, Mumbai, India

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Station
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Station.
Only several railway stations in the world have been included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is one of the few such cases. It is a special structure in India.

Designed by architect Frederick William Stevens in a blend of traditional Mughal and Victorian schools of architecture. This station started to open in 1888.

It was formerly known as Victoria Terminus. The station, named after King Maratha Shivaji of India. This place is one of the busiest places in India with about three million daily commuters.

3. Ga St. Pancras International, London, UK

St. Pancras International
St. Pancras International.
Known as the "cathedral of railroads," St. Pancras International was opened in 1868. It has undergone many renovations since then but retains the old charm.

Famous for its Victorian architecture, decorated with many works of art. The station's curved train depot was the largest single-span structure at the time. Its façade is surrounded by Renaissance hotels and many shops and restaurants which are ready to serve visitors in need.

4. Atocha Station, Madrid, Spain

Atocha Station
Atocha Station.
Opened in 1851, the station is named after a nearby church dedicated to Our Lady of Atocha. It was designed by architects Alberto de Palacio Elissagne and Gustave Eiffel. What makes Atocha station unique is the large garden, almost like a small forest, built around it.

This garden is designed by Spanish architect Rafael Moneo, which is home to hundreds of rare plants and animals. There is also a memorial to the victims of the 2004 Madrid bombing.

5. Antwerp Central Station, Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp Central Station
Antwerp Central Station.
One of the most beautiful railway stations in the world, Antwerp Central was opened in 1905. It is a combination of many architectural styles, primarily designed by designer Louis Delacenserie.

The massive dome in the lobby was Delacenserie's largest brainchild. Particularly, the exterior of the train was designed by engineer Clement van Bogaert and the glass viaduct leading to the station was designed by architect Jan Van Asperen.

The Belgian-created architecture has always been chosen as the most beautiful railway station in many surveys.

6. Du du Nord station, Paris, France

Du du Nord station
Du du Nord station.
It goes without saying that one of the most beautiful cities in the world also has one of the most beautiful stations. Du du Nord opened in 1864, is a great achievement of architecture.

Du du Nord's neoclassical design is complemented by decorations that adorn it. They include 23 female statues in the facade representing destinations served by the railway.

7. Sirkeci Railway Station, Istanbul, Turkey

Sirkeci Railway Station
Sirkeci Railway Station.
Designed by architect August Jasmund, this station was opened in 1890. Located near the Bosporus, the Sirkeci Station is built in a mix of Art Nouveau and Oriental architecture.

Stained glass windows and clock towers are notable features of the station that used to be the end of the famous fast train that connects Paris, France and Istanbul.

8. CFM Station, Maputo, Mozambique

CFM Station
CFM Station.
The only African railway station on this list, CFM station in Mozambique is heavily influenced by Portuguese style architecture.

CFM Station was designed by architects Alfredo Augusto Lisboa de Lima, Mário Veiga and Ferreira da Costa, it was completed in 1916.

The station has a façade overlooking the Square of the Famous Workers in Mozambique. There is a collection of steam locomotives on display in the historic room of the CFM station.

It also serves as a popular venue for concerts and art exhibitions, movies ....

9. Kanazawa Station, Kanazawa, Japan

Kanazawa Station.
Kanazawa Station.
Renovated from a station built in 1898, since then, Kanazawa station has attracted the attention of architects around the world.

Although it surprised many people because its fairly modern new buildings which do not seem suitable for the ancient city of Japan.

Kanzawa is one of the largest railway stations in the world. Renovated in 2005, it is particularly noticeable with a gate that resembles a giant drum with a foot like a Tsuzumi drum and a large dome.

10. Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur Railway Station.
Kuala Lumpur Railway Station.
Designed by architect Arthur Benison Hubback, this construction was completed in 1917. This is the intersection of many different architectural styles, combining schools from Arab, India and Europe... On the outside, people can't say it's a railway station because it looks like a palace.

Although the capital Kuala Lumpur has opened a new central station, this special station still attracts many visitors because of its beauty.

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