It recently dawned on me that after seven years of living in Amsterdam, I still had not ventured south to visit Antwerp. The bustling Belgian city is only two hours away from Amsterdam, which apparently, is just close enough for me to always postpone my visit for another time. Well, my delayed journey finally ended this summer when I headed to Antwerp with a friend for a creative day-trip full of photography.
We arrived, disembarked and turned the corner to enter the center of the spectacular train station. Upon exiting the platform, our first sight was stunning. We immediately had to kink our necks back in an effort to take in the full spectacle as we rode the elevators up from the modern platform. My eyes wandered to take in the scene and I couldn't but get caught staring at the ornate, golden center piece.
With a skeleton of iron and shimmering glass ceiling, the somewhat neo-gothic style of Antwerp’s station is impressive. One look at the grandiose, vaulted ceiling and it’s evident no details were spared. How stunning! This spectacular dome, arching at 75 meters high, was designed by Louis Delacenserie. It is truly an architectural gem!
We spent a solid 30 minutes wandering up and down the dramatic staircase, staring up at the dome in awe and snapping away with our Cannons before even leaving the building to get to the center.
Fun fact: Above ground, the train station is not only ingenious in terms design and architecture, there’s a special spot down below too. Techno lovers can dance the night away in a night club that’s right below the train station! The body heat and energy generated from all that dancing is recycled to power the club’s lights and sound! How cool is that?