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.

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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DABlumenhagenLoiselle 4 years ago

Gorgeous!

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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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 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 4 years ago

WOW!!!! just WOW!!!

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#7 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 4 years ago

I want candy

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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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago

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

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