Havana Central Railway Station

Founded in the early 1900s, the Havana Central Railway Station is located at the centre of the transit system in Old Havana and features retired steam trains and intricate seashell masonry that should be seen. The rail system in Cuba isn't commonly utilised by travellers, and is perhaps best known for its long history and impressive four storeys of architecture.

When visiting the city of Havana, tourists will be best served by using taxis, buses, and rental cars than the railway system but this building

The four storey building of Havana Central Railway Station is quite endearing. The front entrance of the building has two towers on either side of an exquisite clock. Each tower features a coat of arms: one for Cuba, and the other, for Havana. The windows and gorgeous balconies overlook the streets below, and the terracotta seashells, tiled roof, and ornate rim around its upper level give it an unmistakably Cuban feel. The station also showcases a giant clock with Roman numerals and golden sunburst detail at the station's central apex, which is both convenient and highly ornate for the period it was constructed in. Inside, there are towering columns and a platform that's 1 kilometre long for passengers who are waiting to file onto the trains, making for plenty of standing room.

It was initially built on the grounds where El Capitolio now stands until the earliest part of the 20th century when its location was changed. There was quite a bit of conflict related to choosing where to build the new station. It got to the point where two congressmen with opposing views of the decision actually duelled to death over the station's location. Despite the winning dueller supporting the view that the new station should remain on the same grounds, eventually the decision was made to move it anyway. Consequently, the Havana Central Railway Station came to sit by Havana's bay.

The Steam Trains Out Front

At the front of the station are steam trains that are on display for the public and visitors to enjoy. These are from the various railway companies and former lines that used to operate in the area. This area also features cobblestone grounds that transport people back to the era in which the station was initially constructed while giving train enthusiasts something special to take away from their time in Havana.

A stunning piece of architectural artistry, the Havana Central Railway Station is a highly decorative building in Old Havana, Cuba on the inner part of the bay. It's past is also very colourful, with its inception causing violent conflict. While visitors will find it preferable to stick with riding buses and using taxi services when travelling in the city, the station is still a great place to marvel at, specially with kids.

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