View Full Version : New TGV station inaugurated in great pomp in Liège

18-09-09, 23:56
Tonight was the opening ceremony of the new, super-modern Liège-Guillemins railway station (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Li%C3%A8ge-Guillemins_railway_station), linking Brussels to Cologne.

Designed by Spanish visionary architect Santiago Calatrava, the station took 10 years to complete and cost 400 million euro. Quite a budget for a city of half a million inhabitants. Liège-Guillemins now ranks among the world's most modern and impressive railway stations.

For the circumstance a sumptuous spectacle was held, worthy of an Olympic Games opening ceremony. The 75-minute show was created by Franco Dragone (http://www.dragone.be/), known for his work with Cirque du Soleil, and gathered a crowd of 50,000 spectators. A succession of ballet, opera, and acrobatics was performed over a state-of-the-art light system punctuated by holographic displays, and culminated with a magnificent fireworks as finale.

Tomorrow, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège will hold a concert at the station for the second part of the inauguration.

19-09-09, 00:17
On Sunday, another major inauguration will take place in Belgium, but this time in Brussels. Square (http://www.eupedia.com/cgi-bin/dir/jump.cgi?ID=233769) is the new Congress Centre that will hold international conferences, European summits, business conventions, corporate seminars, or even Gala dinners and Fashions shows. Brussels is already in the top 5 of European cities for congresses. Square should further increase the European capital's popularity as a meeting venue.

20-09-09, 15:59
There are videos (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2Wd5Bdm84E) of the inauguration of the new Liège-Guillemins station on YouTube.

25-09-09, 21:01
After Liège, it was Antwerp's turn to inaugurate its new railway station (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antwerpen-Centraal_railway_station) today. Nothing as grandiose in Antwerp. The original Neo-Gothic building from 1905 remains unchanged, and that is as well, as Newsweek ranked it 4th most beautiful railway station in the world, after London's Saint-Pancras, New-York's Grand Central Terminal and Bombay's Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.

The works consisted in digging a 4 km tunnel under the city to speed up the access to the central station. Passengers now arrive in a modern underground platforms, and the station now has four levels instead of one.