Genova Brignole railway station
The 1905 station building
|Owned by||Rete Ferroviaria Italiana|
|Platforms||9 pass + 2 freight|
Genova Brignole railway station is the second largest station of Genoa, northern Italy; it is located on Piazza Verdi in the town center at the foot of the Montesano hill (the main long distance station is Genova Piazza Principe station). Brignole is used by about 60,000 passengers a day and 22,000,000 per year.
The first station was built in 1868, but the current building was opened in 1905 for the Genoa international exposition. A project proposal was presented in 1902 by the engineer Giovanni Ottino that provided for a building for a 105 metre long, divided into three buildings on a central axis of symmetry. The building incorporates romantic "renaissance" themes of the French school of architecture, enriched by extensive decorations. The pilaster jambs and frames of the first floor are mostly white. The Roman-style facade, overlooking Piazza Verdi, is decorated with stucco and stone from the quarries of Montorfano. The walls of the rooms inside are decorated with frescoes by De Servi, Berroggio and Grifo.
The station is composed of several levels:
- basement: central heating, store rooms and accommodation;
- street level: ticket offices, shops, and Ferrovie dello Stato (FS) offices;
- mezzanine: platform level, occupied by restaurants, waiting room, and local FS offices;
- upstairs: FS headquarters offices and accommodation.
The north end of the station was rebuilt and connected with the Genova Metro station, bearing the same name, in 2012. The newly built metro station offers access to the pedestrian walkways from the neighboring area of Borgo Incrociati and shares part of the floor space with the railway station. In 2013 there are still works in progress to repave the tunnels and open new commercial spaces in areas freed by precedent renewals.
- History of rail transport in Italy
- Railway stations in Genoa
- List of railway stations in Liguria
- Railway stations in Italy
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