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Visiting Antwerp, Belgium – Part 2 –

610_3658_wNow I have the remaining buildings for you, as I proposed in my last post: the central station and the Stadtfeestzaal.

The Stadtfeestzaal was built in 1908 following the styles of the neoclassicism. I was used for exhibitions and other events. It is located in the middle of one of the most important shopping streets of Antwerp. Unfortunately, a fire destroyed the building in 2000. After the reconstruction was finished, it is now used to be a luxury shopping center.

610_3551-s_wThe central station was finished in 1905. It’s an replacement for the oder wooden train station. More and more traffic made it necessary, to build a bigger station. It’s kind of unusual style for a train station, thus is it also called as a ‘train cathedral’. It was inspired by the Pantheon in Rome as well as central station in Luzern, Switzerland. During the middle of the 20th century the building was in a bad shape, and there were considerations to remove it completely. But, luckily they decided to renovate it in 1993. Now, it’s a very impressive building again!

 

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6 thoughts on “Visiting Antwerp, Belgium – Part 2 –”

  1. Found your blog through google+…
    Apparantly you liked my hometown, I hope you had the time to discover our beers and restaurants also 😉

    1. 🙂
      thank for your feedback, Eric – yes, I visited a few restaturants, but didn’t tasted any beer. No drink and drive 😦

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