La gare de Liège-Guillemins (17/27)
View of one of the southern sets of stairways from our ICE train window as we drew into Liège-Guillemins station (Wallonia, Belgium) - one of Europe's newest and most spectacular larger railway stations.
I've uploaded this one in spite of the big blemish (actually one of several reflections) because this and the 'soft focus' effect was the result of shooting through the train window, so in this respect it is part of the capture.
We were on our return rail journey via Bonn and Brussels, at the end of our holiday in the Swiss Alps. We had we left Bonn on a local train, and changed at Cologne (Köln) for an ICE train to Brussels (Bruxelles Midi), Belgium, where we then took a Eurostar train for St.Pancras International, London. By coincidence, this gave me the chance to photograph (and contrast) the great arched canopies of different ages, of three famous railway stations all in one day - Cologne Central (Köln Hauptbahnhof), Liège-Guillemins and London St.Pancras. It also allowed me to add a few more shots of Liège-Guillemins to add to those I'd taken the year before when we stayed in Liège.
This shows one of the stairways leading up from platform level to the southern upper concourse, which also serves as a passenger bridge connecting the platforms. At the top of the picture, can be seen the nearest part of the main station canopy which arches away to the R and out of sight, returning to the mirror-image northern upper concourse, part of which can just be seen. lower R. The arch of the canopy runs parallel to the platforms instead of across them as in most older and traditional station designs.
BACKGROUND NOTE ABOUT THE STATION
This is one of Europe's newest and most spectacular larger railway stations. It was designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, and opened in 2009, to replace an older one, and to incorporate track alterations to accommodate international high speed train services. The architecture is best appreciated in the photos on the architect's own website (see above), but I've tried to capture it too in other photos in this series. On Google Satellite it appears as a large space-age blister.
Here is the German ICE train we were travelling on when I took this shot, and here is exactly the same train set (Tz 4607 Hannover) passing through Liège-Guillemins in the opposite direction, almost exactly a year before. (Also, compare the station canopies in these shots.)
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