Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

The history of rapid-transit began 150 years ago, with the opening of the Metropolitan Railway in London in 1863. In the next century and a half, dozens of architects and engineers have worked on underground tunnels and stations. Some are abandoned now, but others are as good as new. Here are some of the most wonderful underground railway stations.

Rådhuset, Stockholm, Sweden

Rådhuset (Court House) station was opened in 1975 as a part of the Stockholm rapid transit system, one of the best examples of organic architecture. Pictured above.

(via Tobias Lindman/Flickr)

T-Centralen Station, Stockholm, Sweden

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

The only place where all three of Stockholm's metro lines meet has this really wonderful one platform station, opened in 1975.

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

(via Paolo Rosa/Flickr and Erzsébet)

Solna Station, Stockholm, Sweden (1975)

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

(via Wikimedia Commons/Wargklo)

Stadium Station, Stockholm, Sweden (1973)

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The World

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

(via Skye Christensen/Flickr and Wikimedia Commons/Allgau)

Westfriedhof Station, Munich, Germany

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

This station was opened in 1998, but the 11 large lamps (with red, blue, and yellow lights) were installed three years later.

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

(via Hannes Maurer 1 - 2)

Marienplatz Station, Munich, Germany

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The World

Marienplatz Station is one of the most frequently used stations in Munich, and was opened as part of the new S-Bahn network for the 1972 Summer Olympics.

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

(via Jaw3, Flickr/MrOmega and Wikimedia Commons/FloSch)

St.-Quirin-Platz Station, Munich, Germany (1997)

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

(via Wikimedia Commons/Florian Schütz, Wikimedia Commons/FloSch and Ian Fisher/Flickr)

Brudermühlstrasse Station, Munich, Germany (1989)

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

(via Jaw3)

Olaias Station, Lisbon, Portugal

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

Olaias Station was designed by Tomás Taveira and opened shortly before the Expo 1998. Walk through the station on 360cities.

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

(via IngolfBLN/Flickr)

Drassanes Station, Barcelona, Spain

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

This station was opened in 1968, but was completely renovated between 2007 and 2009 with GRC (Glass Reinforced Concrete) panels and interesting details designed by the Barcelona-based ON-A Architects.

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

(via buildtonet)

Budapest Metro Line 3, constructed in the 1970s and 1980s

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The World

(via Hype and Hyper)

Avtovo Station, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

This highly ornate white marble station was opened in 1955 and designed by Y. A. Levinson.

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

(via Wikimedia Commons/Sbarichev, Wikimedia Commons/Florstein and Andrew L. Moore)

Elektrozavodskaya Station, Moscow, Russia

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

Elektrozavodskaya Station was named after an electric light bulb factory nearby and opened in May 1944 during the WWII. It's famous for its decorations, designed by Vladimir Schuko, Vladimir Gelfreich and Igor Rozhin.

(via Wikimedia Commons/Eugeny1988)

Komsomolskaya Station, Moscow, Russia

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

Opened in 1952 and designed by Alexey Shchusev and Viktor Kokorin, this station has some mosaics, red granite, marble and other artistic decorations.

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

(via 3 years in Moscow and Wikimedia Commons/Lite)

Kiyevskaya Station - Koltsevaya Line Hall, Moscow, Russia

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

The richly decorated hall was opened in 1954 and has a quasi-baroque style with large mosaics by A.V. Myzin and gold-colored trim.

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

(via Wikimedia Commons/Antares 610)

Slavyansky Bulvar Station, Moscow, Russia

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

The station, designed by S. Volovich and opened in 2008, has green Cuban marble on the walls, and grey granite with darker (Gabbro granite) marble edges.

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

(via Wikimedia Commons/VanHelsing.16, Jaime Silva/Flickr and somebody_/Flickr)

Zoloti Vorota Station, Kiev, Ukraine

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

The Orthodox cathedral-like Zoloti Vorota was opened on December 30, 1989 as the part of the first stage of the Syretsko-Pecherska Line. Designed by Boris and his son Vadim Zhezherin, S.Adamenko, and M. Ralko.

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

(via Wikimedia Commons/AMY)

Puhŭng and Yonggwang Station, Pyongyang, North Korea

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The World

Puhŭng

Many foreign tourists were allowed to travel only between Puhŭng Station and Yŏngwang Station (both opened in 1987) on the Chŏllima Line. The Pyongyang Metro is the deepest in the world–the track runs 360 ft (110 m) underground.

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

Puhŭng

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

Puhŭng

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

Yŏngwang

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

Yŏngwang

(via Wikimedia Commons/Gilad Rom, Wikimedia Commons/John Pavelka, Geolocation.ws/afchagen, Flickr/John Pavelka 1 - 2)

Museum Subway Station, Toronto, Canada

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

This station was redesigned by Diamond and Schmitt Architects in 2008.

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

(via architecture NOW)

O'Hare Station, Chicago, Illinois

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

This station, with its curved and luminous walls made of glass, is located at O'Hare International Airport. It was designed by Murphy/Jahn and opened in 1984.

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The World

(via Wikimedia Commons/Daniel Schwen and Eden Politte/Flickr)

Arts et Métiers Station, Paris, France

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

The steampunkish underground station near the Musée des Arts et Métiers was opened in 1904, but was redesigned by the famous Belgian comics artist François Schuiten in a style inspired by the works of Jules Verne.

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

(via Pathien/Flickr, Steve Calcott/Flickr and RG1033/Flickr)

Formosa Boulevard Station, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

This transfer station was built for the 2009 World Games, but opened in September 2008. It has the largest glass work in the world, designed by Narcissus Quagliata, covering an area of 23,465 sq ft (2180 sq m) with 4,500 glass panels.

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

(via Wikimedia Commons)

The stations of the Line A, Prague, Czech Republic

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

The colorful opened Dalek skirts with hemispheres on the walls make these stations from the 1970s look really fantastic.

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

(via Flickr/Brad Ackerman, Flickr/ian LF and Kristin Esteves)

Bockenheimer Warte Station, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

The construction was finished in 1986, but it was expanded in 2001 under the leadership of Zbigniew Peter Pininski.

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The WorldS

(via Wikimedia Commons/Jcornelius, Bobanac Andreas/fotocommunity, Christine Moje/fotocommunity, mibi55/fotocommunity and Jürg Stuker/Flickr)