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Underground metro stations are associated with rats, garbage, noise and filth, not their interior design. However, there are a few subway stations in the world that go against the grain, standing out as excellent examples of the beautiful architecture and unique design that can be created in underground spaces.

The interiors achieved in some of these underground stations become all the more impressive when you consider the particular challenges to creating comfortable spaces below the surface of a city. 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.

In this list, you'll not only find the most famous, elegant stations of Moscow subway and New York subway, but also some very modern ones in Madrid and Oslo metro. 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!

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Toledo Metro Station, Naples, Italy

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Kievskaya, Mayakovskaya And Park Pobedy Stations, Moscow, Russia

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Rådhuset Station, Stockholm, Sweden

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Avtovo Metro Station, St. Petersburg, Russia

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Tilework In Szent Gellért Square, Budapest, Hungary

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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Bund Sightseeing Tunnel, Shanghai, China

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University Of Naples Subway Station, Italy

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Arts Et Métiers Station, Paris, France

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Formosa Boulevard Station, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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Kungstradgarden Metro Station, Stokholm, Sweden

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City Hall Station, New York

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T-Centralen Station, Stockholm, Sweden

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Olaias Station, Lisbon, Portugal

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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Stadion Station, Stockholm, Sweden

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Slavyansky Bulvar Station, Moscow, Russia

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Atocha, Madrid, Spain

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It is both, train and metro station. http://www.adif.es/es_ES/infraestructuras/estaciones/60000/informacion_000070.shtml.

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Georg-Brauchle-Ring, Marienplatz and Candidplatz U-Bahn Stations, Munich, Germany

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Some U-bahn stations in Munich are really beautiful I live in Munich since more than one year but I don't know 2 of those three!!

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Metro Station Wilhelminaplein (wilhelmina Square), Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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Budapest Metro 4

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São Bento Station, Porto, Portugal

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"zoloti Vorota" Station, Kiev, Ukraine

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Hamburg Hafencity Metro

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Namur Station Lighting, Montréal

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Finding It Hard To Step Up

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Some of the top 15 and your ideas of good design seem to be in the eye of the beholder and not judged on all round merit.

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Kyoto Station, Japan

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Metro Station Plac Wilsona, Warsaw, Poland

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Liège Guillemins, Belgium

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#17 U3-volkstheater, Vienna, Austria

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What about Nürnberg? I think about the one giving you a great optical Warp Drive style illusion when entering the station

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Bochum Rathaus, Germany

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

http://www.coolibri.de/blogs/stadtschwarm/2013/08/08/katja-kulin-gedicht-fur-eine-haltestelle-oder-bochum-rathaus-sud/

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Parque Metro Station, Lisbon, Portugal

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Devyatkino, St. Petersburg, Russia

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Arbatskaya Station, Moscow, Russia

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U-bahn Station Westfriedhof, Munich, Germany

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Metro Station Pannenhuis - Brussels

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is a very beautiful station, in a quintessential 1970's style. It deserves a much better picture! Just lsearch on Google Image...

#40

Lavov Most Station, Sofia, Bulgaria

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Kremlevskaya Metro Station, Kazan, Russia

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Almaty, Kazakhstan - Metro Station "baikonyr"

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National Stadium Station, Sofia, Bulgaria

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#44

Metro Station In Dubai - Uae

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Caís Do Sodré Metro Station, Lisboa, Portugal

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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

you can't really see the tile artwork from the platform, still very nice

#46

Rákóczi Square, Budapest, Hungary

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Belgica Station - Brussels

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Estación De Metro Arganzuela-planetario (madrid, España)

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Namur Station Lighting, Montreal, Canada

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Those balls again.. Great for advertising products...or scantily clad men..

#50

Duvbo Subwaystation, Stockholm

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Nydalen Metro Stastion, Oslo, Norway. Kristin Jarmund Arkitekter

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Terreiro Do Paço Metro Station, Lisboa, Portugal

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Lisbon Airport Metro Station, Portugal

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Emirates Towers Metro Station, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Mladost 3 Station, Sofia, Bulgaria

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Joliot Curie Station, Sofia, Bulgaria

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European Union Station, Sofia, Bulgaria

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Musagenitsa Station, Sofia, Bulgaria

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Metro Station Wilhelminaplein, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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Hamburg, Hafencity Metro Station

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I kind of like it.. But I wouldnt dare going down there alone, doesnt look safe at all.. So dark and mysterious tho, Its cool!

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Metro Copilco Station (mexico City) . Mexico.

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Almaty, Kazakhstan - Metro Station "alatau"

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Metrostation Wilhelminaplein

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Hafencity University, Hamburg, Germany

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Marienplatz, Munich, Germany

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Rathaus Spandau U-bahn Station, Berlin

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Titan Station, Bucharest, Romania

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Střížkov Station, Prague, Czech Republic

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Garching Forchungzentrum (tum Station), Munich, Germany

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Syntagma Station, Athens, Greece

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Station Champ-de-mars, Montréal

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Letňany, Prague, Czech Republic

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Westminster Station, London

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Shibuya Station, Tokyo

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Metrostation Wilhelminaplein

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Am I the only one who notices that this station appears four times?

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Steglitz Station, Berlin, Germany

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Rajská Zahrada Station, Prague, Czech Republic

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Union Station, Los Angeles, California

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