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Rossio Train Station, Lisbon

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The Rossio Railway Station is a railway station in Lisbon, Portugal, located in the Rossio square. The station was formerly known as Estação Central and that designation still appears in its façade. Trains gain access to the station, which is in the central urban area of Lisbon, through a tunnel which is more than 2600m long.HistoryThe station was commissioned by the Portuguese Royal Railway Company and was designed between 1886 and 1887 by Portuguese architect José Luís Monteiro. It was built in one of the most important squares of Lisbon, the Rossio, and connected the city to the region of Sintra.The tunnel was excavated under the city and is considered one of the most important works of engineering in Portugal dating from the 19th century. It was completed in 1890, and soon after Lisbon's Circle Line with a connection to the North Line also opened. The station became Lisbon's main passenger terminus until 1957, from that date only a few long distance trains terminated at Rossio, mainly West Line services, until the early 1990s.The station was closed to rail services from 22 October 2004 until 12 February 2008 due to tunnel renewal work.ArchitectureThe Neo-Manueline façade dominates the northwest side of the square and is a Romantic recreation of the exuberant Manueline style, typical of early 16th century Portugal. Its most interesting features are the two intertwined horseshoe portals at the entrance, the clock in a small turret and the abundant sculptural decoration. Inside, the platforms are connected by ramps to the façade level and are covered by a cast-iron structure executed by a Belgian firm. The station is an important example of Romantic (façade) and cast-iron (platform cover) architecture in Portugal.
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  • Great architecture. Wonderful night lighting. Stop in the square and be filled with photographic memories of this construction.
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  • Can't let go of this location. The building is beautiful worthy of being admired and from where combóis to nearby towns such as Sintra
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  • The station runs daily trains to Sintra moving hundreds of tourists each way every half hour. There are a couple of escalators to get up to the top level that the trains run from. Easy to find your wa...  more »
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  • Monumental creation of José Luís Monteiro. Station was opened in May 1891. It is also known, as Estação Central. Now, it is connection between center of Lisbon and Sintra.
  • A confusing building. Lovely architecture but you wouldn't know it was a railway station even if you go in. Follow the signs up escalator to main station area which isn't that exciting or notable.
  • The outside of this building is my favourite in all of Lisbon. (The inside is just OK, though)
  • Beautifull
  • Very beautiful train station. Located in of of the most important parts of Lisbon.