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AlbertSalichs wrote a review Dec 2020
Manresa, Spain8,032 contributions729 helpful votes
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Estación Internacional de Canfranc is the tren station located in the little town called Canfranc near the border between Spain and France, in the Pyrenees. It was built in the beginning of the 20th Century, but it was inaugurated in 1928 and due to the Spanish War and 2nd World War it could not be used until some years after. Really it has a brief, but very interesting history. Also, years after, this place was not used as a very important border point, so the train station was abandoned and bad preserved. Nowadays, it is an impressive building, where you can learn about the history of the region in a guided visit, but only you can see one of the rooms with original furniture, because it was being restored and in a near future converted in a 5* hotel. In fact, nowadays, you can go to Zaragoza from here in a long travel in one of the five or six trains, which arrive there everyday. A hidden gem (an for me an unknown place) in the region. A top building and history!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Julea F wrote a review Feb 2020
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We knew tour was only in Spanish or French so on the plus side good that the guide did speak English and gave us each an Audio guide with headphones while he talked to the rest of the group (30) . We only walked under tunnel to ticket office and stood about reading info on the walls for 40 mins. Last chapter on audio guide was about the platform but we never went out there as is is barred now due to works even though on Saturday no work going on. Told by guide the audio guide is out dated when i asked about why it mentioned going out to the platform. It is the only way though into the booking hall so probably worth the €4 if you don't need to drive too far to get there. We had much more fun walking the grounds outside to the rear which are easy to access.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Sally Kate wrote a review Jan 2020
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Canfranc was a smallish village near the Aragonese border in the central Pyrenees. Towards the end of the 19th century it was decided that a railway line should be built across the mountain pass, the last stage being an eight-kilometre tunnel opening out into the steep, narrow valley of Arañones. On the 18th July 1928, King Alfonso XIII inaugurated the massive station building, designed to impress travellers with its grandeur and modernity. The railway line in France was closed when a bridge fell down in 1970, but in Spain trains have continued to run, slowly and not very frequently, but they run. The station, on the other hand, was allowed to go to rack and ruin until recently, when the Aragonese government bought it. A fair amount of work has been done and more will be needed, but what we saw was truly impressive. A guide took us in and explained the history of the building and the adventures of the railway in both Civil and World War. Depth interesting and worthwhile.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Lynne S wrote a review Dec 2019
Pwllheli, United Kingdom10 contributions6 helpful votes
After watching Chris Tarrant visiting this station on TV we decided to call in. Unfortunately we could not go inside the building because of the building works, but definitely going to revisit when renovations are complete. It is a stunning building
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Francois B wrote a review Nov 2019
Saint-Fargeau-Ponthierry, France93 contributions13 helpful votes
Although it's not possible to stand on the platform located between the French and the Spanish rails, this incredible monument stands in the middle of mountains. Restoring it permits to remind last century and rail history.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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