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Report - Atwerp Central Station Roof April 2015

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by Jonesey, Oct 22, 2015.

  1. Jonesey

    Jonesey 28DL Regular User
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    The Visit
    Admittedly this was quite a while ago now but none the less awesome and worth sharing I reckon.
    Visited on the first day of a mini Belgium tour with Oakley Framer, Curious George, The Raw and some cool Belgians.

    We knew we had to meet Curious George at the train station and googled to find out where it was which produced this photo :
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    We decided we wanted a piece of it, as in a few interior shots however thanks to friends of The Raw we got on the roof !!!
    Absolutely stunning views, architecture and one of my favorite explores ever.

    Bit of history (nabbed from Oakley Framer)
    The Antwerp Central Station is one of the world's most impressive railway stations. Dubbed the 'Railway Cathedral', it is one of the main landmarks in Antwerp.
    The railway station was built between 1895 and 1905 and replaced a wooden train station built in 1854 by engineer Auguste Lambeau.
    The domed building
    The monumental main building was designed by the Bruges architect L. Delacenserie. It has a huge dome and eight smaller towers of which six were demolished during the 1950s. Fortunately, these were reconstructed in 2009 Clock and Antwerp Coat of Arms, Central Station, Antwerp
    Station interior
    The rich interior is lavishly decorated with more than twenty different kinds of marble and stone. The main hall and the railway cafeteria can match the interiors of many palaces. Not a single square meter either inside or outside the building is not decorated.
    The train shed
    Antwerp Central Station Interior
    The platforms are covered by a huge iron and glass vaulted ceiling, which was restored in the 1990s. Besides the platform, the vault also covers many of the small diamond and gold shops, which are part of the diamond district next to the Central Station.

    Piccys

    Lush interior
    antwerp station inside (1 of 1).jpg
    onto the roof :)
    antwerp station roof sunset (1 of 1).jpg antwerp station roof sunset other way (1 of 1).jpg
    Looking along the top of the roof, many many meters below we could see passengers, shop workers and station staff going about their business oblivious to the 15 or so tipsy explorers above their heads.
    atwerp station roof inside (1 of 1).jpg


    Cool photo courtesy of The Raw, thanks for looking :)
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