In 1972, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and The New York Times’ very first architecture critic, Ada Louise Huxtable observed that “nothing was more up-to-date when it was built, or is more obsolete today, than the railroad station.” A comment on the emerging age of the jetliner and a swanky commercial air travel industry that made the behemoth train stations of the time appear as cumbersome relics of an outdated industrial era, we don’t think the judgment holds up today — at all. Like so many things that we wrote off in favor of what was seemingly more modern and efficient (ahem, vinyl records and Polaroid film), the train station is back and better than ever. So, we’re taking the time to look back at some of the greatest stations still standing.
From New York’s grande dame of a terminal to a station complete with its own indoor rainforest to the home of the world’s most luxurious train, the Orient Express, here’s our roundup of the most beautiful train stations in the world. Let us know in the comments what we’ve missed!
Atocha Train Station — Madrid, Spain
Rossio Station — Lisbon, Portugal
Sirkeci Station — Istanbul, Turkey
King’s Cross Station — London, England
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Union Station — Los Angeles, California
Grand Central Terminal — New York City, New York
Gare du Nord — Paris, France
São Bento Station — Porto, Portugal
Central Railway Station — Helsinki, Finland
Dunedin Train Station — Dunedin, New Zealand