martes, marzo 20, 2007

Atocha Station


It was inaugurated on 9 February 1851 under the name Estación de Mediodía (Noon Station) and the first passengers were the Queen Isabel II and her entourage. After the building was largely destroyed by fire, it was rebuilt and reopened in 1892. The architect for the replacement, in a wrought iron renewal style was a man who collaborated with Gustave Eiffel, engineer of the Eiffel Tower, don't you think both buildings look alike?


Fue inaugurada el 9 de febrero de 1851 con el nombre de Estación de mediodía y los primeros pasajeros en subirse en un tren fueron la reina Isabel II y su séquito. El edificio sufrió un incendio que lo destruyó casi por completo pero fue reconstruído por un arquitecto que colaboró con Gustave Eiffel, ingeniero de la torre que lleva su nombre. Se dan un cierto aire las dos construcciones, ¿¿no os parece??

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At 20/3/07 14:25, Blogger angela said...

This is so impressive. I think these old stations with their high roofs are magnificent. The clock's interesting too.
Angela

 
At 20/3/07 15:25, Blogger isabella said...

Yes, you are right - the ironwork is reminiscent of the Eiffel Tower!
Beautiful building! Is this the main train station in Madrid?

signed: the other Isabel ;-)

 
At 20/3/07 15:36, Blogger Joe said...

It is extraordinary but the most intersting is the interior with the tropical serra !
I've realized a reportage about it that I will publish. By now you can see my madrid reportage on the website of my representative agency www.cuboimages.com
I love Madrid
Ciao
Giovanni

 
At 20/3/07 16:14, Blogger Oya said...

Ha! Yes, infact they do...

 
At 20/3/07 16:18, Blogger alice said...

Yes! We can see the same big bolts than on the Eiffel Tower.

 
At 20/3/07 16:20, Blogger nacho24 said...

Yes Isabella (the other isabel ;), Atocha is the primary station in Madrid serving commuter trains (Cercanías), intercity and regional trains from the south, and the AVE high speed trains from Seville.

Joe is right,the old station building was converted in a 4,000 m² covered tropical garden.

 
At 20/3/07 19:12, Blogger photowannabe said...

Beautiful old building. It has such strength and character, just like the Tower.

 
At 20/3/07 22:27, Blogger Piika said...

Hola, Yo soy el marido de Piika. Tengo un favor de pedirte. Nosotros vamos a ir a Madrid el ultimos de Mayo. Tenemos unas amistades que van a ir con nosotros y se van a quedar en el Hostal Edreira. (Atocha 75 estacion Anton Martin)

Es posible sacar unas photos del Hostal y al deredor?

Porfavor disculpe mi Español tan malo. Tenia 5 años cuando me fui al estranjero.

 
At 20/3/07 22:33, Blogger nacho24 said...

Hola Piika (y marido ;), no te preocupes, un día de estos o Dsole o yo hacemos unas fotillos del hostal y alrededores. La zona está en el centro de Madrid, cerca de Sol, Atocha,...

 
At 20/3/07 23:58, Blogger Monica said...

It's amazing how graceful and beautiful these buildings that use iron can be, I think Gustave Eiffel's style was genius.

 
At 21/3/07 04:21, Blogger Kate said...

That is a HUGE building.I prefer old, old buildings or imaginative contemporary one. Such interesting history!!

 

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