Most times, travelers are concerned with reaching the destination than to admire the metro station. However, some of them deserve to be noticed for the exhibited art, the great architecture or for their historical significance. In addition to their primary purpose of hosting the passengers, some stations, which are very old and have a classical or cutting-edge architecture, are worth noting.
Here are some of the most interesting and beautiful subway stations in the world!
The subway in Napoli owns the reputation of being the most beautiful station in Italy. The travelers can admire the large artwork made by famous designers and artists like Anish Kappor or Karim Rashid. The most famous Neapolitan station is Toledo, which is a theme of water and light that was created by Oscar Tusquet Blanca.
The metro stations in Moscow are perfectly evoking the Soviet art. The stations are decorated with arched columns, paintings or murals. One of the most interesting ones is Komsomolskaya station in the Krasnoselsky district that was created by Dmitri Chechulin.
The Swedish are known for the modern and practical design and the metro in the capital is no exception. The modern sculptures, the mosaics and the Tunnelbana, which is the longest art exhibition in the world, are decorating the underground in Stockholm.
Pyongyang, North Korea
Pyongyang Metro was originally built to link the secret military buildings. Even now, there are rumors about the government-controlled lines. Now it has became an important part of the North Korean public transport. The walls are decorated with patriotic mural paintings.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The capital of the Emirates is known for unlimited financial resources and the bold and imposing constructions, the subway being part of the same category. The most interesting subway station is Khalid Bin Al Waleed that has a design based on the four elements, water, fire, air and earth, and the huge chandeliers are shaped like jellyfish.
Universidad de Chile station is known for the huge mural painting made by Mario Toral, “Visual de una Nacion”. The work of art has a nationalist theme and evokes the victories and tragedies, the politics and the religion in Chile.
Improperly called a subway line, the tunnel connecting Bund with Pudong, under Huangpou River, is one of the tourist attractions of Shanghai. Originally designed as a pedestrian tunnel, lately it has been added transportation and stunning light effect.
Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
The dome of light in Kaohsiung is the largest public building made of stained glass. It was designed by Narcissus Quagliata and is an important tourist attraction in Taiwan.
The subway station called Olaias, in the Portuguese capital, is one of the most beautiful in Europe. Designed by the architect Tomas Taveira, the station is brightly colored and is decorated with stately columns and mosaics.
St. Petersburg, Russia
The opulent stations in Sankt Petersburg are major tourist attractions. Recalling the Moscow subway, Avtovo station is decorated with columns, chandeliers and art reminiscent of the Soviet era.
The metro stations in the Belgian capital are famous for their design and works of art. At Comte de Fleurs, the sculptures of Paul van Hoeydonck float above the rails and the platform.