Even the train station at Porto is amazing, enter Sao Bento. It is quite an experience. You take a train into the city and before venturing out you are greeted with beautiful white and blue tiles that cover the walls. These tiles, all 20,000 of them, took 11 years to complete and tell the history of Portugal. They were created by artist Jorge Colaço from 1905-1916. You will see wars, royalty and the history of transportation in Portugal.
The station is named after a monastery that ones stood there. The Benedictine monastery burned down in 1783 and was re-constructed in the 19th century. However, it was once again destroyed to make way for the expanding railway system. In it’s place Sao Bento was constructed in 1900.
The station was constructed by an arhcitect name José Marques da Silva. An interested fact about the build is that King Carlos I was actually the one who placed the first stone.
Built by architect José Marques da Silva, the very first stone was laid by King Carlos I himself.
Sao Bento is a very convenient way to get into the city without driving.
Even if you have no plans on taking the train anywhere, we certainly recommend you stopping by for 5-10 minutes to check out the tiles and architecture.
- Warning: If you need to use the restroom, it will cost you! They are paid bathrooms for 1/2 euro.