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Swiss Railway Stations 2017 - (Stamp Mint) - Set

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Technical details
  • 09.11.2017
  • Joh. Enschedé, Haarlem, Netherlands
  • Offset
  • 5 Colours
  • Sheetlet: 82×198 mm (open), 82 × 99mm (folded); 5 rows of 2 stamps
About Swiss Railway Stations 2017 - (Stamp Mint)

Downtown Switzerland Zurich’s main station features in the third part of the de nitive stamp series “Swiss railway Zurich main station is by far the largest and busiest station in Switzerland. It also handles the largest volume of traf c in the country. With around 3,000 trains per day it is even one of the most heavily used stations in the world. The building, with its impressive hall and the lateral tract on the Bahnhofstrasse side, was built by the architect Jakob Friedrich Wanner in 1871. He constructed it under the in uence of a design by the renowned architect Gottfried Semper. Semper lived in Zurich from 1855 to 1871, and during this period he was responsi- ble for building what is now the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH). He was a representative of the Historicism and Re- naissance Revival schools. The main en- trance with its triumphal arch at the end of Bahnhofstrasse is typical of this style of architecture. The station was erected in place of a previ- ous building constructed in 1847 as the ter- minus for the Swiss Northern Railway (SNB). Informally known as the Spanisch- Brötli-Bahn (the Spanish rolls line), this line was the rst railway to open in Swit- zerland. The station has undergone numerous re- furbishments and expansions. Latterly the terminal station was extended to create the two subterranean through stations of Museumstrasse (1990) and Löwenstrasse (2014).

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