Lille Flandres station
Lille-Flandres is the main railway station of Lille, capital city of the French Flanders. It is a terminus for SNCF Intercity and regional trains and was named Flandres in 1993 when Lille-Europe station opened. There is a 500m walking distance between the two stations, which are also adjacent stops on the Lille Metro.
The station was built by Léonce Reynaud and Sydney Dunnett for the CF du Nord. Construction began in 1869 and ended in 1892. The station front is the old front from Paris' Gare du Nord and was dismantled then reassembled in Lille at the end of the 19th century, an extra storey, as well as a large clock, were added to the original design. Dunnett added the Hôtel des Voyageurs in 1887, and the rooftop in 1892.
The shot was taken in march 2014, in the middle of the afternoon. Panorama made in HDR version (enfuse).
Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gare_de_Lille-Flandres
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