Estacion de Bilbao Concordia (Bilbao-Concordia Railway Station), Bilbao

Estacion de Bilbao Concordia (Bilbao-Concordia Railway Station), Bilbao

The Bilbao-Concordia Railway Station, also known as Santander Station, is the terminus for suburban lines offering medium and some long-distance services. The facade is Modernist in style and is considered an outstanding example of Belle Epoque architecture in Bilbao. The station was opened in 1898 and completed in 1902. It sits beside the Bilbao River.

The station idea was put forward by engineer Valentin Gorbeña. Gorbeña was also the builder of the Kadagua Railway. The station design was by architect Severino Achucarro. He had already assisted in the plan for the ensanche (widening) of the town in 1876. The name "Concordia" is from an agreement by investors to save the railway from bankruptcy.

The station is two stories high. The ground floor houses the main hall, cafeteria, ticket machines, and offices. The main entrance is on Bailen Street by the river. The rear access opens on Jose Maria Olavarri Street. Tracks and platforms are on the second floor.

The entrance facade is structured with painted iron masonry with large area openings for illumination. The center facade features a semicircular arch with a clock flanked by two lampposts. The pavilion has a Doric colonnade open to the platforms. The interior iron architecture has capitals featuring Hermes, the God of Commerce, and borders.

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Sight Name: Estacion de Bilbao Concordia (Bilbao-Concordia Railway Station)
Sight Location: Bilbao, Spain (See walking tours in Bilbao)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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