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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)