Last weekend, after five days of rain and wind, which held me hostage in our apartment, there was a bit of a break in the action and for a few hours we actually saw sunshine. It was amazing and I took every opportunity to get out of the house and explore Madrid.
My first stop after regaining my freedom was to explore the myth, the legend, the infamous Chamberí Station.
Chamberí Station was one of eight stations which made up Madrid’s first Metro Line. Opening in 1919, the Metro Line crossed Madrid, connecting north to south–from Cuatros Caminos to Puerta del Sol, with Chamberí Station falling in the middle.
In the 1960s the Metropolitan Company decided to increase the lengths of the trains as well as the stations. Chamberí Station’s close proximity to its neighbouring stations made it impossible to extend and accommodate the longer trains; thus making it obsolete. After several years of construction, the station was finally closed in May 1966.
Chamberí Station Museum
For more than 40 years, Madrileños heard stories of Chamberí Station, but it never appeared on maps and trains never stopped there. This once prominent landmark seemed to be lost.
That is until it reopened in 2008 in the form of Chamberí Station Museum.
Located under the Plaza de Chamberí, at the corners of Calles de Santa Engracia & de Luchana, Chamberí Station Museum feels like a time capsule, and ode to life in the early 20th century. The Museum was restored to recreate the era of its inauguration (1919) and includes original ticket offices and memorabilia. The walls of the station are covered in retro advertisements and signage; walking into Chamberí Station Museum is like stepping back in time and experiencing a world almost forgotten.
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