One of my favorite stops on our Portugal trip was São Bento Railway Station in Porto. Opened in 1916, Porto’s train station is one of the most beautiful railway stations in the world.
The vestibule of the station is what makes it so special. Over 20,000 azulejo tiles adorn the walls. The tiles are the work of Jorge Colaço, an important Portuguese artist who specialized in painting large murals using azulejos. The walls are covered with blue azulejos depicting scenes from Portugal’s history. Polychromatic tiles border the ceiling and show scenes from the history of transportation in Portugal.
São Bento Railway Station may look like a museum but it’s a working railway station with lines to Braga, Guimarães, and Aveiro as well as being the starting point for the scenic Douro Line.