Antwerp Central Station

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.

Ruben, Dynaries and 37 more people faved this
  • sandro nerucci 6y

    best shot compliments
  • RijkV Fotografie 6y

    Prachtig !!
  • Stefan Cioata 6y

    Excelent interior shot.
  • jmsera 6y

    Molt bona!!!
  • Chris McIlreavy 6y

    For some reason this interior reminds me of another wonderful building - the Natural History Museum in London - a brontosaurus skeleton would look really good in that space ;-)

    You should do some more photography in there Esther, see if you can get away with your tripod. (wouldn't be possible in London these days I fear).
    Ps glad you missed that parade.
  • Derek Christie 6y

    One for Getty this, I think. I don't think there will be many images better than this of the station.
  • Dynaries 6y

    Schitterende opname. De helderheid en de kleuren zijn super.
  • Roger Price 6y

    Super shot and you did a good job to minimise the impact of the stupid halogen light top-right!

    My take on the centraalstation is here:
  • DadeZ. 6y

    Perfect shot! i like the atmosphere :-)
  • Paul Boyden 6y

    Prachtig! I tried a few myself some time ago. Indeed great station!
  • Bram du Saar 6y

    That's one shot I still have to make in Antwerp Central. It's there on my long ‘to-do’ list. Last time I only took photos of the new part, as the artificial lighting in this classic hall wasn’t that great.
    What did you thought of the new expansion? Are the renovations of the facade finished yet?
  • Mohammad Al-Sohaibani 6y

    great one =)
    the really look as the chess-men ^_^
    well process
    got it bro.

    god bless you
  • Nilton Ramos Quoirin 6y

    I took the very Brussels-Mechelen-Antwerp and visited Antwerp in 2004. What a splendid station it is indeed. Congrats for this great capture.

    Seen in the interestingness archives. (?)
  • Adam Fritzler 6y

    Nice shot!
  • Dave Urquhart 6y

    Great image Esther. Perfectly exposed. Love the movement created by the long exposure.
  • Kristen 6y

    excellent image. so much to look at.
  • simoenomis 6y

    complimenti foto bellisima
  • Jo 6y

    Well captured...Beautiful light
  • Steve Pereira.. 6y

    great beautiful shot...
  • Carmen Martínez Torrón 6y

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