Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Groningen station

On of the most beautiful stations in the city of Groningen. It is recently renovated and it looks like the time has stopped.


The central hall of the Central Station of Groningen has an atmosphere of more than a century ago: the brickwork in braids of red, yellow and black stones, a high wrought iron lantern and the text above the aisles. The colourful flower motifs and architectural elements on the ceiling are made of papier-mâché. This technique was previously not unusual because of its low cost and light weight.
High in the walls of the hall, on the railway side and the front of the station, there are large stained-glass windows with ornate patterns in five colours. On the other two sides showed architect Isaac Gosschalk applying tile panels. The keypads are designed by F. H. Bach, a hand drawing teacher at Minerva Academy at the time. Of the three images on the west side of the hall set in the middle of the city Groningen virgin. She sits enthroned above winged wheel - the symbol for the railways - and various symbols of the city. On either side are graphics of the Telegraph and Mail. 



 Across there are two male figures symbolizing Labour and Time. Labour has a shovel in hand and surrounded by industrious animals like spiders, ants and bees. Winged Time is recognizable among other hourglass and astrological signs.

When you rush through the station to catch you train it's forbidden not to look up. You will stand in awe of such beauty. 

papier-mâché, remember?
 

10 comments:

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    1. Is it not, Leigh? I love old stations of course. A guy that can look at tracks and get happy gets delirious if he sees a station like that.

      Han

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    1. Ah, thank you Abby, I'm very pleased you like it!

      Han

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  3. What a beauty!
    Realy nice building.

    Than you, Han.
    Mona Lisa

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    1. How wonderful of you to say so, Mona Lisa. It really is so pretty and so beautiful restored to it's old beauty.
      You know there used to be a piano in the corner in the old days, and when they restored the place they wanted to put a new piano there.

      People in the North of Holland are grumpy people. They did not like piano sounds in the morning. So the plan was gone before they even could try,

      A well, we still got the pictures,
      Han

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  4. How absolutely beautiful Han! And I'm sure like many beautiful places, the pictures cannot even begin to do it justice. Thank you for sharing.

    Hugs and blessings...Cat

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    1. Yes IRL it is breathtaking.

      LOL. Like so many railroad stations...

      Han

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  5. I love beautiful architecture and have never been in Groningen. I believe I will go there soon. This is stunning!

    Rebel xox

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    1. If you are there rebel don't forget to look at the lanterns in the iles, they are truly wonderful...

      Glad you liked the post,
      Nice of you to say so,
      Han

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