São Bento railway station – the most beautiful station I have ever seen

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I have never been surprised by the railway station before and  I don’t like stations at all, even it is crowded by people, it causes empty feeling for me when I see the train is leaving.  The railway station is like somebody who is abandoned and only when you need, you can use it and then leave it alone. It is for going and coming and not for staying.

 

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After Seeing São Bento railway station, I completely changed my mind, you can wait for the train here and enjoy watching the walls and maybe you will miss the train because of this beauty. 🙂

It is the most beautiful station I have ever seen. In 1916 it was the opening celebration of that station and artist Jorge  Colaço was creating it for  11 years. The walls, covered by 20,000 ceramic traditional azulejo tiles, tell us Portuguese history.

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This composition represents the meeting between the knight Egas Moniz and Alfonso VII of León in Toledo, in the 12th century, offering his life, his wife and his sons during the siege of Guimarães.

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In the south, is a painting of the entrance to Porto of King John I and Philippa of Lancaster,   celebrating their wedding in the 14th century,  Below that is the Conquest of Ceuta (1415), with the principal figure of  Infante D. Henrique who subjugated the Moors.

walls pictures also presenting the daily lives of the Portuguese people.

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There is also a very interesting story about São Bento station:

According to legend, the ghost of this station lives in the basement, it is the sweet and stubborn soul of the last nun, the last prayers, which only occurs in the hall when is silence around and only the good listeners can hear his praying.

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So, they say Porto is a city, which has the smell of antiquity and mystery and it is disclosing its secrets only for attentive souls…

Who knows…

 

I love the legends and I  love already this city too.

Ani Sparsiashvili

Volunteer at Teatro Metaphora – Associação de Amigos das Artes
European Voluntary Service – Erasmus+
To know more: https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity_en

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