"Sao Bento railway station" Estacao de Sao Bento Tip by magor65

Estacao de Sao Bento, Porto: 18 reviews and 30 photos

  Sao Bento's azulejos
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      Sao Bento's azulejos
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  • Sao Bento - Porto
      Sao Bento
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Railway station as a tourist attraction? Why not? Especially, when it is such a railway station as Sao Bento.
It was completed in 1916 on the site of Sao Bento da Ava Maria monastery. In 1930 its inner walls were covered with azulejos decorated by Jorge Colaco. The big panels depict various historic events like Jao I's arrival in Porto or the conquest of Ceuta. There are also other scenes showing rural festivities or various means of transport.
At the time we visited Sao Bento the tiles were covered for conservation purposes by a thin material that looked like gauze. Although we couldn't take in the whole beauty of the decorations, they still looked impressive.
I wonder if there are any cases of missing a train when a passanger admires the azulejos and forgets about the world around.

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  • Written Jul 5, 2007
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