San Bento station
A wistful air for a station with modernist poise.
Tiles with history.
This old fashioned melancholy so beloved on Portuguese territory finds some of its finest expression in the city’s railway station. Built at the end of the 19th century on the remains of the former convent of San Bento del Ave María, this stately pile may be for many one of the finest sights the city has to offer. Located in modern day Porto city centre, while your imagination can flash back to bygone eras at a single blink, its great usefulness lies in the fact that its trains can reach the vineyards and and some of the prettiest of the outlying small towns of the area, including Guimaraes, Viana do Castelo or Braga. With its modernist inflection, the station bears the hallmark of the architect Marques da Silva and is a fine example of trendy art nouveau which flourished at the beginning of the 20th century within the city of Porto. While you may well be a passing observer, it’s important that you don’t let yourself be impressed solely by the facade, since there’s a hall adorned with more than 20,000 tiles inside to attract your attention by bearing faithful witness to this Portuguese city down the ages.