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Antwerp Central Station was constructed between 1895 and 1905 and ranks as one of the most beautiful railway stations in the world.

The stone clad terminus buildings, with a vast dome above the waiting room hall were designed by Louis Delacenserie. The viaduct into the station is a notable structure designed by Jan Van Asperen.
The typical eclecticism of the influences in the design has made it difficult to assign it to a particular architectural style.

In the opening scene of W. G. Sebald's novel Austerlitz an ability to appreciate the full range of the styles is used to demonstrate the brilliance of the fictional architectural historian who is the novel's protagonist.

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This picture complements a previous post from this location. This is the back of the staion: parts of the raised platform and the big steel hangar above it. Below there's a cyclist on the cycling track below. It's a track I ride very regularly, the fastest way into town really.

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song title reference: the great Warren Zevon

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Additional Photos by Benny Verbercht (BennyV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2766 W: 35 N: 5564] (29804)
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