Antwerpen-Centraal

14 photos taken on August 5, 2004.

Antwerpen-Centraal (Antwerp Central) is the main train station in the Belgian city of Antwerp. The station is operated by the NMBS/SNCB. The original terminal station building was constructed between 1895 and 1905 as a replacement for the first terminus of the Brussels-Mechelen-Antwerp railway. The stone-clad building, with a vast dome above the waiting room hall, were designed by Louis Delacenserie. The viaduct into the station is also a notable structure designed by local architect Jan Van Asperen. The station is widely regarded as the finest example of railway architecture in Belgium. In 1998 large-scale reconstruction work began to convert the station from a terminus to a through station. A tunnel was excavated between Berchem station in the south of the city and Antwerpen-Dam station in the north, passing under Central station, with platforms on two underground levels.

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