Antwerp Central Train Station (Photos)

Antwerp, Belgium – March 2015

Photos were taken on March 11, 2015, when I passed through here on my way to the city center, where a small flash mob / skid / demonstration commemorated Fukushima’s 4th anniversary and called for the closure of Belgium’s troubled aging nuclear reactors.

800px-Antwerpen_Centraal_station_12-07-2010_14-04-17Wikipedia tells me that, “The original station building was constructed between 1895 and 1905 as a replacement for the original terminus of the Brussels-Mechelen-Antwerp Railway. The stone clad terminus buildings, with a vast dome above the waiting room hall were designed by Louis Delacenserie and the vast (185 metres long and 44 metres high) iron and glass trainshed by Clement van Bogaert.  The viaduct into the station is also a notable structure designed by local architect Jan Van Asperen. […]”

The reason I looked up when it was built is because I noticed a detail of a decoration under a window on the side of the building:

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Long pre-dating the 20th centuries’ World Wars, apparently ornamental swastika designs, akin to those found all over Asia, adorn the Antwerp Central train station. Passed through here numerous times and never noticed that detail before.

Some photos from inside the multi-level station:

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