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The most beautiful Bus Station in the World! Station Clock of the Estación del Norte in Barcelona Spain | by Arjan Richter
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The most beautiful Bus Station in the World! Station Clock of the Estación del Norte in Barcelona Spain

The Antique "Estacion del Norte", now serving as a bus station and a sports hall, was built between 1909 and 1917 and designed by Demetrio Ribes. The Clock is a Cabrerizo public clock of Cabrerizo Relojes Públicos Industriales y de Control from Barcelona.


There exist various railway stations in Spain that received in an official or semi-offical way the name of "Estación del Norte", because till 1941 the railway stations in Spain belonged to the "Compañía de los Caminos de Hierro del Norte de España". The actual station "Estación de Arc de Triomf (Barcelona, España), is one of them. The Bus Station preserves the name of "Estación de Autobuses Barcelona - Norte" (en catalán Estació de Autobusos de Barcelona-Nord).


The Company "Caminos de Hierro del Norte de España" or CCHNE was a private Railway Company founded in 1858. Its infrastructure was one of the most extensive ones in Spain till it became Nationalized in 1941 and integrated in the "Red Nacional de los Ferrocarriles Españoles" (RENFE). (Source: Wikipedia).


Barcelona North Bus Station is situated in the old north railway station building dating from 1861, which formed part of the Zaragoza route. The station closed in 1972, the tracks were buried and the rail service was transferred to the Arc de Triomf Station.


Nowadays, the Barcelona North Bus Station is the central point for the arrival and departure of buses and coaches in the city. Coaches depart from here for most of Catalonia, the whole of Spain and major European capitals. The bus station shares the building with a city police station and a large municipal sports stadium where, during the 1992 Olympics the table tennis events were held. In addition, the old station yard dating from when the building was used as a train station is now the 3.16 Hectare North Station Park.


Public Clock Photography / 16:9 remastered 2017

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Taken on November 29, 2009