Stunning Subway & Underground Stations from Around the World

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Subways don't have to be ugly or utilitarian — in fact, underground stations house some of the most gorgeous and creative architectural design around. Follow me after the jump and let's take a look at some jaw dropping railway stations from around the world.

With a creative use of color, texture, light, and material, these otherwise claustrophobic spaces have been transformed into site-specific works of art. Here are a few beauties that I'd love to visit one day. There are just so many interesting undergrounds to experience that it's hard to choose only a few. 

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Marienplatz Station, Munich, Germany

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Kiyevskaya Station - Koltsevaya Line Hall, Moscow, Russia

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Westfriedhof Station, Munich, Germany

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Elektrozavodskaya Station, Moscow, Russia

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Drassanes Station, Barcelona, Spain

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Formosa Boulevard Station, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

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Arts et Métiers Station, Paris, France

Which Undergrounds are your favorites? To see some more gorgeous undergrounds, check out io9 for the compilation they've put together.

(Images: 1. Wikimedia Commons/Florstein, 2. Jaw3, 3. Wikimedia Commons/Antares 610, 4. Flickr user Jmaurer, licensed under Creative Commons, 5. Wikimedia Commons/Eugeny1988, 6. buildtonet, 7. Wikimedia Commons, 8. Flickr user RG1033, licensed under Creative Commons, all via io9)

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Alysha is a photographer and designer living in Seattle who loves dark chocolate, tea, and all things furry. In her spare time you'll find her with paint in her hair renovating her 1919 Craftsman and sharing the process on her blog Old House New Tricks.