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São Bento Train Station

Attractions, Historic buildings and sites São Bento
4 out of 5 stars
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Estação de São Bento
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American magazine Travel+Leisure called it one of the world’s 16 most beautiful railway stations. We won’t dispute that. The exterior will remind you of 19th century Parisian architecture, but it’s the interiors that will knock you out: the station lobby walls are covered with 20,000 tiles, which took painter Jorge Colaço 11 years to complete. The tiles portray scenes of Portuguese history, daily life and the evolution of transportation. You can also catch a train to visit some nearby towns, such as Miramar (and its beautiful beaches and mansions), Braga or Guimarães.


Venue name: São Bento Train Station
Address: Praça de Almeida Garrett
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Not your typical tourist attraction, this train station is much more than a commuters' point of departure or arrival in Porto. The walls of this train station are beautifully covered in tiles painted in the traditional blue and white colours for the bottom rows, followed by some more coloured and detailed one above.

I was stunned by how detailed they actually were and I can see why it took the painter 11 years to get it done! It's an exquisite piece of work and out of the ordinary that it's located at a train station. Take your time appreciating it as well, don't feel rushed by the crowds!

It was really nice to get a panoramic photograph of the murals but that hardly captures just how beautiful it is in real life. This attraction is also a pretty speedy one, which is good because it lets you fit in more attractions if you're pressed for time in the city.