Friday, 23 November 2012
Madrid Atocha Railway Station, Spain.
Madrid Atocha is the largest railway station in Madrid. It is the primary station serving local trains, Intercity Trains and Regional Trains from the South and AVE high speed trains from various parts of Spain. The original station at the present site was built in 1851. It was re-built in 1892 after it was destroyed by a fire. In 1992, The station now consist of a concourse with shops, cafés, and a nightclub. The concourse has a stunning 4,000 m² covered tropical garden which is seen on this postcard.
On March 11, 2004, packed arriving commuter trains were bombed in a series of coordinated bombings, killing 191 people and wounding 1,800. The official investigation by the Spanish Judiciary determined the attacks were directed by a terrorist cell