An Amazing Railway Station.

I made this selection of images with my old Panasonic Lumix LX3 at the Sao Bento Station in Porto, Portugal on April 5, 2014.

To the untrained eye, the railway station seems to be located in an improbable place in the center of Porto. Tracks arrived via a very old, but highly engineered line, that passes through cuttings, over a shelf along a cliff-side and finally a through long tunnel which opens directly into a classic Victorian-era train shed.

Sao Bento Station in the rain on April 5, 2014.
Sao Bento Station in the rain on April 5, 2014.
This terminal station sits right at the mouth of a multiple track tunnel. Lumix LX3 photo.
This terminal station sits right at the mouth of a multiple track tunnel. Lumix LX3 photo. Notice the signal tower to the right of the portal.
Cast iron columns support a Victorian-era train shed at Sao Bento. Lumix LX3 photo.
Cast iron columns support a Victorian-era train shed at Sao Bento. Lumix LX3 photo.
Inside Sao Bento are elaborate murals that make it among one of Europe's most intensely decorated stations.
Inside Sao Bento are elaborate murals that make it among one of Europe’s most intensely decorated stations.
Mural detail.
Mural detail.
Sao Bento Station, Porto. Lumix LX3 photo.
Sao Bento Station, Porto. Lumix LX3 photo.

Most intriguing is the highly decorated entrance way and waiting rooms where detailed murals made from painted blue tiles make for pictorial allegories.

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