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World's most beautiful railway stations

Last updated on: February 27, 2013 13:35 IST

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Conde Nast Traveler lists some of the world's most beautiful stations. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai also finds a place among these architectural marvels.

King's Cross Station, London

King's Cross railway station opened in 1852. It is one of eighteen UK stations managed by Network Rail.

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Maputo Station
Maputo, Mozambique

Maputo's impressive station is one of the city's main attractions.

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Union Station
Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles Union Station is the main railway station in Los Angeles, California.

The station has become a major transportation hub for Southern California serving 60,000 passengers a day.

The station opened in May 1939 as the Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal, replacing the older La Grande Station and Central Station. 

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Gare De Liege-Guillemins
Liege, Belgium

Liege-Guillemins railway station is the main station of the city of Liege, the third largest city in Belgium.

It is one of the most important hubs in the country and is one of the 3 Belgian stations on the high-speed rail network.

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Sao Bento Station
Porto, Portugal

Sao Bento Railway Station is located in Porto, Portugal. Inaugurated in 1916, the historical station is known for its tile panels that depict scenes of the History of Portugal.

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Sirkeci Station
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul Sirkeci Terminal, also known as İstanbul Terminal, is a terminus main station of the Turkish State Railways (TCDD) in Sirkeci, Turkey. International, domestic and regional trains running westwards depart from this station.

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Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
Mumbai, India

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and historic railway station which serves as the headquarters of the Central Railways in Mumbai.

Designed by Frederick William Stevens with influences from Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival architecture and Indian (Mughal and Hindu) traditional buildings, the station was built in 1887.

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Gare Du Nord
Paris, France

Paris Nord is one of the six large terminus railway stations of the SNCF mainline network for Paris, France. It is one of the busiest railway stations in Europe.

The Gare du Nord is the station for trains to Northern France and to international destinations in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

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Dunedin Railway Station
New Zealand

Dunedin Railway Station was designed by George Troup. It earned its architect the nickname of "Gingerbread George".

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Groningen Station
Groningen, Netherlands

Groningen is the main railway station in Groningen, the Netherlands. In Groningen, the station is also called Hoofdstation.

The station opened on 1 June 1866 and is on the Harlingen–Nieuweschans railway.

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Kanazawa Station
Kanazawa, Japan

Kanazawa Station is a major railway station in Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan, operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West).

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Rossio Station
Lisbon, Portugal

The Rossio Railway Station in Lisbon, Portugal, located is in the Rossio square. The station was formerly known as Estacao Central (Central Station).

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Central Station
Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerpen-Centraal (Antwerp Central) is the main railway station in Antwerp. Finest example of railway architecture in Belgium, the station is operated by the national railway company NMBS.

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Kuala Lumpur Station
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur Railway Station is notable for its architecture, adopting a mixture of Eastern and Western designs.

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Haydarpasa Terminal
Istanbul, Turkey

The Haydarpasa Terminal or Haydarpaşa Terminus is a major intercity terminal and transportation hub in Kadıkoy, Istanbul. It is the busiest rail terminal in Turkey and one of the busiest in Eastern Europe.

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Atocha Station
Madrid, Spain

Madrid Atocha is the largest railway station in Madrid.



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