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Dienstag, 26. März 2013

Estación del Norte de Valencia (I)

Since the Estación del Norte was the first building in Valencia that I saw, I find it finally time that I wrote something about it. And as it often happens with me and ceramics, it is getting rather detailed and will come in different parts.
The Railway Station Valencia-North was built between 1907 and 1917 in the most modern style of the time: the modernism of the type of viennese secession, influenced by Otto Wagner and constructed by the architect Demetrio Ribes Marco.

The five-pointed red star is the logo of the railway company Compañia de los Caminos de Hierros del Norte de España. Other decorative elements that are used are the red and yellow stripes of the coat of arms of Valencia and oranges as the symbol of valencian agriculture. The eagle on top of the roof stands for velocity.

Near the entrance are two mosaics by José Mongrell, said to depict the guardians of the day and night.

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