Let us be clear — It is not Grand Central "Station". It is a terminal. The end and the beginning of the New York Central System. It is the heart and soul of that historic railroad. But more than that, and in the opinion of many (if not most), it is the grand cathedral of American railroads. Surpassed by none. It is the vestige of a time when railroads were the lifeblood of America. And this magnificent structure was built as a Temple to industry, to locomotion and, above all, to modernity. Its design is timeless. And its walls, its stones, its celestial ceiling and the Greek god Mercury at its forward peak all testify to its status as a palace. 

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