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Genval railway station is a belgian railway station with a beautiful Art nouveau or Modern Style decoration.

History

Genval railway station

The railway station of Genval (part of Rixensart in Walloon Brabant) has been built by architect G. De Lulle in 1910, as attested by the inscription "Anno 1910" above the main entrance.

Architecture

The architectural style of the station is not Art nouveau but eclectic.

The building, made of orange and yellow bricks, consists of a high central building with a low-rise extension on each side.

The rear fa├žade of the station presents a porch roof (or glass porch).

Art nouveau decoration

The Art nouveau decoration of the frontage consists of four beautiful ceramic panels and four sgraffiti depicting red poppy flowers, plus one sgraffito depicting the "winged wheel", symbol of the railway since the nineteenth century. This "winged wheel" refers to Hermes, god of the travellers.

Ceramic panel depicting red poppy flowers
Ceramic panel depicting red poppy flowers
Sgraffito depicting red poppy flowers
Sgraffito with the "winged wheel"


Porch roof



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