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The São Bento Station is located at Praça Almeida Garret. The name of the station comes from a Benedictine monastery (São Bento do Ave Maria) built on this spot in the 16th century. The construction of the rail station started in 1900 and it was inaugurated in 1916. The architect of the project was Jose Marques da Silva, and he created a building with the French Beaux-Arts architecture.
The building is famous for its marvelous tile works in the main hall. There are about 20,000 tiles that show the history of transport and Portugal. The artist was Jorge Colaço and date from 1916. One panel of tiles show King João I and Queen Philippa of Lancaster by the city's cathedral in 1387. Another shows Prince Henry the Navigator conquering Ceuta in Morocco. A third panel shows a representation of the Battle of Arcos de Valdevez. Another panel shows the meeting of knight Egas Moniz and Alfonso VII of León in the12th century. Trains arrive here and depart to the major cities of the north of Portugal.