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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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  • This happens most of the time. Site overflows with tourists and permanent residents. Above the square is a beautiful countryside. By train to Sintra.
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  • A mix of beauty (especially with evening lights on) and utilitarian vibe. I would ban Starbucks but the gift shop inside is great. 
  • Rossio train station is situated in the centre of Baixa district northwest of Pedro IV Square. The station is connected to the green Metro line by the Rossio metro station. Rossio train station is a g...  read more »
  • The outside of this building is my favourite in all of Lisbon. (The inside is just OK, though)
  • Beautiful entrance, but only modern shops inside. The actual train station is upstairs, and it is nothing special
  • Very beautiful train station. Located in of of the most important parts of Lisbon.
  • The outside is pretty and worth a visit, inside it's not special at all.
  • Just ok.
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