The 15 most beautiful stations in the world that you need to know before you die
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Put on your list destinations that have the most beautiful seasons in the world.
This is because, around the world, there are stations that are true works of art. In Russia, for example, the architectural beauty of its stations is such that it should enchant even the most accustomed Russian.
In Brazil, unfortunately, there is only one place that deserves the rank. However, this is the exception rather than the rule.
Thinking that we are devoid of this beauty in our daily lives, we selected the 20 most beautiful stations in the world that you need to know before you die. So, ready to find out more?
15. Station of St. Pancras
Anyone who is a fan of Harry Potter will remember the famous platform 9 ¾ that is located at King's Cross station. However, what few people know is that the façade that appears in the films is that of St. Pancras, in London, considered one of the most beautiful stations in the world.
Inaugurated in 1868, St Pancras station has a beautiful Victorian Gothic architecture in England and was built by the Midland Railway Company to connect London to northern cities, including Edinburgh and Liverpool.
In addition to its stunning beauty, there is no shortage of reasons to get to know it. The place has several iconic statues, such as Sir John Bejteman and the lovers, the Dent clock, with 5.15 meters in diameter, and Searcys Champagne Bar, considered the longest champagne bar in Europe.
14. Arts et Métiers
Paris, the French capital, is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world, if not the most.
For this very reason, it would be very unlikely that the City of Lights did not have a single station among its 380 that did not leave people speechless with such beauty.
The one that puts the French capital on our list is Arts et Métiers, a station on lines 3 and 11 of the Paris Metro, located in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris.
But what impresses both tourists and Parisians with its beauty is the line 11.
Since October 1994, the line 11 station has been completely covered with copper sheets, which were placed on the occasion of the bicentenary celebrations of the Conservatoire national des arts et métiers.
Located in the heart of Munich, Marlenplatz square is considered the center and soul of the city. This is because it was around her that München, its name in German, developed and became what it is today.
In other words, Marienplatz is what we can call Munich's ground zero.
As if its historical importance were not enough, the main square of the city has one of the most beautiful stations in the world that you need to know before you die. In this way, visiting it is solving two tourist attractions at once!
With a futuristic and very colorful architecture, the Marlenplatz station enchants all its users. Even those who pick it up daily must be delighted with the beauty that lays before their eyes.
Inaugurated in 1851 under the name of Midday Station, being the first train station in the capital of Spain, Atocha Station is the most important station in Madrid.
By the way, not only the most important, but also the most beautiful.
Although it was created to be a train-only station, the site has undergone several renovations and expansions.
Today, Atocha Station is divided into three main sectors: Madrid-Puerta de Atocha, Madrid-Atocha Cercanías and Atocha Renfe, dedicated to urban transport by metro.
By the way, talking about this, what enchants at Atocha Station is its Tropical Garden, which is pictured above.
Made up of more than 500 species, both animal and plant, as well as exotic plants from countries such as India, China or Australia, this part of the season has obviously become the favorite of Madrid's people.
There are subway and/or train stations that are real tourist attractions.
So beautiful that they are no longer just a means of urban transport and are now on the “to do” lists of all tourists in the city where they are located.
This is certainly the case for Antwerpen-Centraal, the central station in Antwerp, Belgium. In fact, its beauty was officially recognized by the American magazine Newsweek, which elected it as the fourth most beautiful station in the world.
From the outside, the station looks like a palace due to the magnitude of its construction. It is, in fact, a true architectural work that leaves any and all visitors speechless. Impossible not to admire so much beauty created by man!
10. São Bento Station
Just like Antwerp Central Station, in Belgium, São Bento Station, in the city of Porto, Portugal, is present on any list of must-see sights for anyone visiting the city.
If you look closely at the photo below, you'll see that there's a fair reason for this.
Considered one of the most beautiful stations in the world, São Bento Station was built at the beginning of the 9th century on the remains of the former convent of São Bento de Ave Maria.
To this day, it retains that melancholic and ancient air that characterizes the city of Porto as a whole.
At the station, what draws attention are its famous tiles. Typical of Portugal, they are a total of 20,000 units covering an area of 550 square meters.
On the walls are depicted historical scenes such as the marriage of D. Filipa de Lencastre to D. João I, in 1386, the conquest of Ceuta and even the Tournament of Arches in Valdevez.
In the introduction of our text, we talked about the stations of Russia precisely because they are known for their unique beauty and architectural construction to enchant anyone.
So we couldn't stop talking about them, could we?
The first one we chose to present to you is the Avtovo station, located in St. Petersburg.
Upon entering the place, the traveler probably comes to question whether he has arrived at a subway station or a palace.
This is because what is not lacking in this season are large columns and marble to give and sell. Its ceiling, for example, is supported by 46 columns, 30 of which are made of marble and 16 are decorated with glass.
In addition, on the walls, there is a beautiful artistic work of colorful mosaic always illuminated by its crystal chandeliers. Everything is so grand and magnificent that it is impossible not to be enchanted.
08. Komsomolskaya Station
If St. Petersburg has Avtovo station, then there's no way Moscow doesn't have a worthy place to call its own.
This, in turn, is Komsomolskaya station, considered one of the most beautiful stations in the world (if not the most!).
Komsomolskaya station was built to be like a “gateway” to Moscow, as it is located under the three busiest train terminals in the city. Quite a portal, as the place is incredibly beautiful and a pure representation of the pinnacle of Soviet classicism.
With bronze chandeliers, marble archways and monumental mosaics made of glass, the station now boasts eight mosaics in the style of ancient temples.
They feature famous warriors, military commanders and the leader of the Russian Revolution, Vladimir Lenin, delivering a speech in Red Square. That is, visiting it is not only unmissable for the eyes, but also for the culture.
07. Manhattan Grand Central Terminal
If you like watching movies and series, then you must have come across scenes from the Manhattan Grand Central Terminal.
jhRTThis is because this station, which is located in New York, has already been the setting for the series Gossip Girls and Glee, as well as the movie Amizade Colorida or I Am Legend.
Opened in February 1913 and renovated in 1998, Manhattan Grand Central Terminal is one of New York's architectural gems.
With more than 750,000 people passing through there every day, the truth is that, with the automobile boom in the 50s, the place was left by a thread.
The good news is that the station has managed to reverse its failure and has recovered by building commercial zones on it. Today, it is one of the must-see attractions for visitors to New York and considered one of the most beautiful resorts in the world.
Little known and visited by tourists who go to the city of Lisbon, capital of Portugal, the Olaias metro station is a work of art in itself.
Inaugurated on May 19, 1998 together with other stations to serve the 1998 World Expo area, Olaias deserves your attention.
Considered one of the most beautiful metro stations in Europe by Impact Your World, from CNN, in 2012, Olaias station was an architectural project by architect Tomás Taveira. Its geometric ceiling stands out mainly, with tiles of various colors, imposing columns and complex mosaics.
For this reason, when visiting Lisbon, be sure to stop by the colorful and eccentric Olaias metro station. You certainly won't regret getting to know one of the most beautiful stations in Europe and, why not?, in the world.
In our text on the 20 Facts About North Korea You Didn't Know, we mention the Pyongyang metro station due to the fact that it is the deepest metro system in the world.
With 110 meters of depth, 4.5 meters more than the runner-up, it surpassed the Arsenalna metro station, in the Ukrainian capital Kiev.
As we said in the text, such is its depth that the Pyongyang Metro not only serves to transport people, but is also a possible shelter for possible future armed or nuclear wars.
But let's face it, if this happens one day, the North Korean population would be in one of the most beautiful places in the world.
After all, the Pyongyang Metro not only enchants for its depth, but also for its architectural beauty. It's all charming:
From the colorful lamps to the background painting of President Kim-Il-Sung accompanied by workers from various professions. On the walls, there are murals that show the people working towards the development of the nation.
04. Toledo Metro Station
The Toledo metro station, located in Naples, Italy, looks like a trip to the universe. Its beauty is so impressive that the site even won the 2013 LEAF Award for “Public Building of the Year”.
No wonder it is on our list of the most beautiful stations in the world.
Naples innovated the idea of marking the city's metro stations as important places to visit, making them attractive. With this, they did not skimp on artistic projects and created stations that are more than mandatory stops for anyone visiting the Italian destination.
Among these stations, there is Toledo, which was named Via Toledo – from the photo, you can already understand why.
This construction was designed by Oscar Tusquets Blanca and not only won the title of “Public building of the year” in 2013, but has also been awarded the most beautiful metro station in Europe. Reasons abound for such an honor!
03. Stockholm Stations
Just like Naples, the metro stations in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, are a special attraction.
Around 90 of the city's 100 subway stations have been renovated, with paintings or sculptures made by more than 150 different artists. It's a work more beautiful than the other!
Each season is totally different from the previous one. In the photo above, it is the Solna Centrum, considered one of the most beautiful in Stockholm and, perhaps, in the world.
In a place like this, waiting for the next train is even fun, since you can analyze the details of each wall, take pictures and calmly admire the work, right?
With 110km in length, Stockholm metro stations are considered art galleries, being the largest in the world, as its residents claim.
If they are or not, we don't know, but one thing is for sure: they are so beautiful, they have become an unmissable tourist attraction that you definitely need to see before you die.
02. World Trade Center Transportation Hub
If we could choose a defining moment in our current history, it would most likely be the terrorist attack on the twin towers on September 11, 2001.
Almost 20 years later, those who lived through this era cannot forget the images that left the world paralyzed in front of the television.
Since then, buildings have been erected in the attacked region. Among them, the billionaire World Trade Center Transportation Hub, better known as “The Oculus” and today considered one of the most beautiful stations in the world.
Even today, the place has become an obligatory stop for anyone visiting New York.
The World Trade Center Transportation Hub was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, who created an immense hall completely covered in white marble.
An interesting fact is that he made the project so that the sun illuminated the inside completely throughout September 11 at 10:28 am, the exact time when the second tower of the Twin Towers fell in 2001.
01. Luz Station, São Paulo
Finally, we could not fail to mention Estação da Luz, in São Paulo, in our list of the most beautiful stations in the world, right?
After all, this historic place, founded on March 1, 1901 to connect the coffee farms in São Paulo and Porto de Santo, has its merits!
Considered one of the most beautiful works in the city of São Paulo, Estação da Luz occupies an area of 7,500 m² and enchants everyone who passes through the region. The person responsible for its project, in neoclassical style, was the British architect Charles Henry Driver, a specialist in railway stations at the time. And put expert on it!
With Estação da Luz, we end our text on the most beautiful stations in the world.
If you're not going to travel outside Brazil anytime soon, you already know: we have a place here in our country for you to start your pilgrimages towards these architectural beauties!
About the author / Priscilla de Cassia
Reviewed by / Junior Aguiar
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