The main purpose of bus and train stations is public transport of passengers and sometimes this is just this one feature. People forget about the aesthetics of these places, what can be disappointing when we have to spend a few hours waiting for our journey. No one wants to look at ugly and sad architecture!
Luckily, São Bento Railway Station is not one of such places. Built in 1916, it’s one of the city’s landmarks and despite having just 4 platforms (and 1 metro station nearby), serve passengers with dispatch.
There was a Benedictine monastery before in this place and the railway station inherited its name. The building is famous for azulejo tiles covering walls of its interior. They were painted by Jorge Colaço and there are over 20 thousand of them. They present landscapes and historical scenes like the arrival of King John I in Porto. The vestibule design is breathtaking and this is a must see when you’re visiting the city.