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Old December 17th, 2006, 09:44 PM   #1
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Antwerp, the second largest city in Belgium, located in the Flemish part of the country has one of the most beautiful and spectacular central stations you have ever seen! In 2007 big works will be finished and it will be no longer a terminal station like it used to be.
The station is also called the 'Railwaycathedral'. Look at the pictures and you know why :p.






























































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Old December 17th, 2006, 11:16 PM   #2
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Oh wow, it is very nice. I particularly like the inside.
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Old December 18th, 2006, 04:23 AM   #3
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I went to Antwerp in 1998 to visit my wife's cousin who was living there at the time. We took the train from Paris but I don't remember this station at all. Did the terminal look like this in 1998?
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Old December 18th, 2006, 08:14 AM   #4
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Wasn't the structure designed by Eifel?
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Old December 18th, 2006, 05:59 PM   #5
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No it's not designed by Eiffel.
It was build between 1899 and 1905 and the building was also inspired by the Pantheon in Rome but it doesn't look like it at all .










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Old December 18th, 2006, 07:26 PM   #6
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By 1998, it saw just the start of this revamp. The opening of Anvers-Central </blokkiepesten> is what I anticipate most in the new year. It truly is a 'cathedral of transport'. Magnificent!!
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Old December 18th, 2006, 10:49 PM   #7
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and it will be no longer a terminal station like it used to be.
That's only partially true. The present level as well as the new level below it will remain the 'end of the line'; only the tracks at the lowest level (-2) will provide through service for the HSL Amsterdam-Paris.
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Old December 18th, 2006, 11:05 PM   #8
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Yes idd so it will be no longer a terminal station .
Not only trains for the HSL will go through the tunnel, also trains who go the other part of the city and the north of Belgium.
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Old December 18th, 2006, 11:31 PM   #9
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It will no longer be a terminal-only station - that would be a more appropiate description of the future layout of the tracks
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Old December 19th, 2006, 06:34 AM   #10
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really beatiful.
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Old December 19th, 2006, 11:55 AM   #11
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Wonderful renovation...
did you know that in the late Seventies they wanted to demolish this building...
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Old December 19th, 2006, 04:46 PM   #12
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Wonderful renovation...
did you know that in the late Seventies they wanted to demolish this building...
The most beautiful station in the world has already been demolished... Penn Station in New York. I hope it doesn't happen again.
I'm glad to see the works going well in Antwerp, haven't been there in a while. It will be nice not to have to get off at Berchem (my god what an awful station) again and change for Antwerp Central.
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Old December 19th, 2006, 05:10 PM   #13
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a work of art !
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Old December 19th, 2006, 05:42 PM   #14
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The whole stations is beautiful, not just the main train shed.

Here are photos from inside the main waiting room.







And behind those arched windows in the upper part of the photo is the main train shed you can see in the other posts photos
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Old December 20th, 2006, 02:44 AM   #15
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The waiting room looks like Grand Central Station's main hall!
I really love this station!
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Old January 7th, 2007, 12:09 AM   #16
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I do too.
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Old January 7th, 2007, 11:01 PM   #17
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Can't wait till it's finished! Great station for an even greater city!
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Old January 8th, 2007, 12:13 AM   #18
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They just started working at the second entry in front of the main building. It will be finished at the end of this year.




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Old March 27th, 2007, 07:46 PM   #19
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Several pictures of the recently finished lowest floor, which will handle HST traffic. Unlike in the past, international trains can now travel north through a tunnel beneath the city.










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Old April 8th, 2007, 12:33 AM   #20
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Discover the new part of the Antwerp Central railwaycathedral :

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