Estacion Atocha

The old Railway Station in Madrid

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The Atocha train station opened in 1851 and was the first train station in Madrid. After being destroyed by fire, it was rebuild in 1892. In 1992 a new station was built directly behind the old station to serve the new high speed AVE trains. The old building was converted into a complex with a night club, shops and a 4000 square meter tropical garden.

When inside, you constantly hear the hiss of the steam pipes. The atmosphere is very humid and warm. In front of the garden is a pond with turtles.

On March 11th 2004 two bombs went off in train stations underground. Terrorists, probably linked to el Qaeda, killed 192 people.



As you can see, the plant are quite
big ..

Some turtles try to impress the
 Some totally fail at that..