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8 Beautiful Subway Stations ...

By Meream

You walk into a subway station to or from work without stopping. You simply want to get on with your day. But if your stop is one of these, you might want to give yourself an extra 5 to 10 minutes each day; these beautiful subway stations are a treat to the senses and might just be the reason for the late marks on your monthly performance report!

1 Stockholm Tunnelbana

The perfect combination of modern technology and nature, the Sctockhold Tunnelbana is one of the most beautiful subway stations in the world today. When you enter the facilities, you will find yourself dropping your jaw in amazement. The subways look beautifully unique and stunning with the natural caves juxtaposed with the elevators and trains. Not only were the underground rocks left to their beautiful natural glory, they were also made even more impressive with the help of paintings and other patterns.

2 Mayakovskaya Station

Part of the Moscow Metro, this particular station can make you feel like you visited a palace underground. It is often hailed as one of the most famous and beautiful subway stations today. It is a testament to pre-World War II Stalinist Architecture and amazing Art Deco interior. Its more prominent features include the beautiful columns, marble walls, astounding vaults, and the fantastic mosaics. This station opened in 1938 but is still operational today.

3 Munich U-Bahn

Munich U-BahnPhoto Credit: wikipedia

If the two previous subway structures gave you a glimpse of the old world, the stations of Munich U-Bahn will give you a different experience. If you are a fan of modern art, then these stations are for you. Featuring a minimalist but stunning play on paint, light fixtures, and wall panels, each station is unique but contributes to the overall artistic feel of the whole system.

4 Arts Et Métiers Station

Arts Et Métiers StationPhoto Credit: wikipedia

This station is part of the Paris Metro and serves Line 3 and 11. Stepping into this beautiful station will transport you into the world of Jules Verne. This is because this station was designed with steampunk in mind. Its designer was Belgian comic artist François Schuiten. Not only will you be astounded by the station itself, you will also be in for a world of amazement when you step out into the Museum of Arts and Crafts, the place that this station serves.

5 Olaias Station

This station is part of the subway system in Lisbon, Portugal. Looking at this structure, you will know right away that you are in the midst of a breathing and living work of art. The head designer of this station is artist Tomas Taveira. Equally talented painters and sculptors helped him in achieving an artistic and truly unique subway station. Features of the station that many visitors often love to photograph are the colorful light panels for the ceiling and the steel drum-inspired columns. This is a station that could occupy me for hours!

6 Museum

With a name as straightforward as Museum, you know that you will be getting more than just a boring stop in this station. Museum is part of the Yonge–University–Spadina line of the Toronto's subway system. It was opened in 1963 but the recent renovation of the platform has made it one of the most beautiful subway stations today. The platform now features columns that resemble totem poles, the Egyptian deity Osiris, Doric columns, columns from the Forbidden City of China, and the house posts from the First Nations.

7 Formosa Boulevard Station

Formosa Boulevard StationPhoto Credit: wikipedia

This is a metro station located in Sinsing District, Kaohsiung (Taiwan). There are two distinctive parts of this station that many people consider quite stunning. The first is the roof of the outer structure which is said to resemble praying hands. The second is the Dome of Light by the entrance of the station. This is the largest glass work in the world and was created by the Italian artist Narcissus Quagliata. This work of art has 4,500 glass panels and measures 30 meters in diameter. Astounding!

8 Dubai Metro Station

Dubai Metro StationPhoto Credit: wikipedia

Dubai is a city that boasts of impressive architectural wonders. It's not a surprise then that some of the city's subway stations are works of art, too. The Dubai Metro Station, much like most of the beautiful structures found in Dubai was constructed under the directive of their leader the Sheikh. Twenty-seven stations are open today but there are still eighteen more under construction. The station pictured above is the Khalid bin Al Waleed. Other stations of this subway system are just as beautiful.

So tell me, have you been to some of these beautiful subway stations? Tell us what it was like!

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