Explored on 30 April 2009!
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 station is now widely regarded as the finest example of railway architecture in Belgium, although the extraordinary eclecticism of the influences on Delacenserie's design had led to a difficulty in assigning it to a particular architectural style. In W. G. Sebald's Austerlitz an ability to appreciate the full range of the styles that might have influenced Delacensiere is used to demonstrate the brilliance of the fictional architectural historian who is the novel's protagonist.
In February 2009, the American newspaper 'Newsweek' found that the station deserved a 4th place as world's most beautiful station!
Decided to visit Antwerp today because I wanted to get away from all the orange in Holland on Queen's Day (celebration of Queen Beatrix' birthday: a bank holiday). Anyway, this a 2.5 second exposure using a GorillaPod. I wasn't sure whether they would allow tripods, so I brought the GorillaPod, but nobody seemed bothered about the high amount of photographers trying to get a nice capture.