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Brussels-South railway station

Brussels-South (Dutch: Brussel-Zuid, French: Bruxelles-Midi, IATA code: ZYR) is the biggest railway station in Brussels, capital of Belgium. As Brussels is a bilingual entity, both the French and Dutch names are official. This often leads to the usage of combined shorthands outside Belgium: for example in the Thomas Cook European Rail Timetable, Brussels-South is designated as "Brussels Midi/Zuid"; and on Nederlandse Spoorwegen boards as "Brussel Zuid/Midi". The station is served by the Gare du Midi/Zuidstation station on the Brussels Metro system. 1,000 trains pass every day between Brussels-South and Brussels-North railway stations.

The French name "Midi" derives from mi (middle) and di (day) in Old French; compare Mezzogiorno, the south of Italy. The time of midday was synonymous with the direction of south because in France, as in all of the Northern Hemisphere, the sun is in the south at noon. The synonymy existed in Middle French as well, where meridien can refer to both midday and south.


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