Under-ground metro stations are associated with rats, garbage, noise and filth, not architecture. However, there are a few metro stations in the world that go against the grain, standing out as excellent examples of the beautiful architecture and interiors that can be created in underground spaces.


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The interiors achieved in some of these metro stations become all the more impressive when you consider the challenges unique to creating comfortable underground spaces. The architects must keep track of the structural integrity of the walls, air circulation, excessive moisture, and a million other concerns. Their maintenance is another difficulty entirely – one that transit organizations often have difficulty with.

Vote for your favorite stations and, if there's a beautiful metro station in your city that should be on this list, we'd love to see it!

#1 Toledo Metro Station, Naples, Italy

Toledo Metro Station, Naples, Italy

Toledo Metro Station, Naples, Italy Toledo Metro Station, Naples, Italy

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#2 Kievskaya, Mayakovskaya And Park Pobedy Stations, Moscow, Russia

Kievskaya, Mayakovskaya And Park Pobedy Stations, Moscow, Russia

Kievskaya, Mayakovskaya And Park Pobedy Stations, Moscow, Russia

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VictoriaPerciante 2 years ago

Russians metro stations are THE BEST I ever saw

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#3 Rådhuset Station, Stockholm, Sweden

Rådhuset Station, Stockholm, Sweden

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LisaUlfves 2 years ago

Nice, but the top one is Rådhuset station. Not Solna.

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#4 Avtovo Metro Station, St. Petersburg, Russia

Avtovo Metro Station, St. Petersburg, Russia

Avtovo Metro Station, St. Petersburg, Russia Avtovo Metro Station, St. Petersburg, Russia

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JeromeJanelle 2 years ago

This picture is the station Komsomolskaya in Moscow.

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#5 Tilework In Szent Gellért Square, Budapest, Hungary

Tilework In Szent Gellért Square, Budapest, Hungary

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DABlumenhagenLoiselle 2 years ago

This is beautiful. One of my biggest complaints about most metro stations is that they are so dark. This one is nice and bright.

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#6 University Of Naples Subway Station, Italy

University Of Naples Subway Station, Italy

University Of Naples Subway Station, Italy University Of Naples Subway Station, Italy

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MayaAb 2 years ago

I want candy

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#7 Bund Sightseeing Tunnel, Shanghai, China

Bund Sightseeing Tunnel, Shanghai, China

Bund Sightseeing Tunnel, Shanghai, China Bund Sightseeing Tunnel, Shanghai, China

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MayaAb 2 years ago

WOW!!!! just WOW!!!

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#8 Arts Et Métiers Station, Paris, France

Arts Et Métiers Station, Paris, France

Arts Et Métiers Station, Paris, France

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HipChick 2 years ago

I have been in this station and the picture doesn't do it justice. Gorgeous.

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#9 Formosa Boulevard Station, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Formosa Boulevard Station, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Formosa Boulevard Station, Kaohsiung, Taiwan Formosa Boulevard Station, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

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FabioNodari 2 years ago

I live just 5 minutes from this amazing station... http://www.fabionodariphoto.com/wrp/formosa-boulevard-metro-piu-spettacolare-del-mondo

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#10 Kungstradgarden Metro Station, Stokholm, Sweden

Kungstradgarden Metro Station, Stokholm, Sweden

Kungstradgarden Metro Station, Stokholm, Sweden

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МладенВеликов 2 years ago

The floor on the second picture looks like Bulgarian flag. :)

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#11 City Hall Station, New York

City Hall Station, New York

City Hall Station, New York

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Tantethenoma 2 years ago

Oh, now this is classic and peaceful.

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#12 T-Centralen Station, Stockholm, Sweden

T-Centralen Station, Stockholm, Sweden

T-Centralen Station, Stockholm, Sweden

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MayaAb 2 years ago

Aqua station :D

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#13 Olaias Station, Lisbon, Portugal

Olaias Station, Lisbon, Portugal

Olaias Station, Lisbon, Portugal

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José Valente 4 months ago

Don't get me wrong, in combining kitsch, colour and brutalist post modernism in architecture (I'm told many people love the style and this is obviously not a purist example of it) this is by no means the worse (and it looks better than you'd guess from the pics if you haven't been there) you could have chosen but there much more beautiful (Parque), original(Campo Pequeno) and yes, even Poetic stations (Cidade Universitária). All have works of art. And if you are going to go for impressive post-modernism with better art you could always plump for Oriente as apart from some fairly awesome panels you'll just have a two (or three) level climb and you are in Gare do Oriente one of the most beautiful multimodal (but really mainly railway) station on the continent.

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#14 Stadion Station, Stockholm, Sweden

Stadion Station, Stockholm, Sweden

Stadion Station, Stockholm, Sweden

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MayaAb 2 years ago

Stockholm has the most beautiful stations!! Great architecture.. Magnifique!!

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#15 Slavyansky Bulvar Station, Moscow, Russia

Slavyansky Bulvar Station, Moscow, Russia

Slavyansky Bulvar Station, Moscow, Russia

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Tantethenoma 2 years ago

Simple and relaxing

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