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Metro Stations in Lisbon – Transport Hubs and Heritage Sites

Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is one of the most famous metropolitan landscapes in the world. If you wish to explore this famed city, doing so by railway could be the most fulfilling experience.


Cais do Sodre:

This is one of the most integral stations that are located to the west of central Lisbon. It is the Lisbon terminus associated with the Cascais railway. This railway functions as the connection between the capital city and the resort towns of Cascais, Estoril and Oeiras. Out of these three towns, Cascais stands out as the most popular and it is also one of the wealthiest municipalities, boasting some of the finest hotels in Europe. South America definitely has a wide range of beautiful coastal retreats, and if you're in Lisbon, this station is your gateway to three of the finest.


Rossio Railway Station:

This station was previously known as Central Station or 'Estacao Central' and one can still see this designation being featured on the facade. If you appreciate classical architecture then the building that houses the station is bound to stroke your fancy. It was designed by renowned Portuguese architect Jose Luis Monteiro and is situated within one of the most prestigious squares in the country, the Rossio, which is the station's namesake. The tunnel that is utilised by the railway was a landmark construction effort and is considered one of the most important engineering efforts of the 19th century within the country. Until 1957 this station was the main terminus for the city of Portugal.


Gare Do Oriente:

Where the Rossio station is beautiful for its classical designs, the Gare Do Oriente is captivating for its modern architecture. Even though it was built in 1998, making it more than twenty years old, it manages to still hold its own in the presence of some of the most recent works of construction. The construction of the railway was part of the initiative to modernise Linha do Norte, which is an integral railway that connects Lisbon to the city of Porto, which is the second largest city in the country. It travels through some of the nation's most spectacular destinations so if you're on vacation at one of the many hotels by entities such as Tivoli Hotels & Resorts, be sure to take a visit to this beautiful station. The architecture of this station somehow manages to retain Gothic influences while also being strikingly modern, making it a truly iconic landmark.


Santa Apolonia Train Station:

This is Lisbon's primary railway station, as well as the oldest. It was built during the mid 1800s as a connection from Lisbon to Spain for the purpose of trade. Due to its waterside location next to the Tagus River, ships can unload goods directly to the trains, making it very efficient for traders. The station also allowed ease-of-access to America since Europeans can board their ships directly from the station itself. Santa Apolonia Station's architecture is quite fascinating since it consists of a large U-shaped building that boasts neoclassical design.

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