Moscow Subway

Moscow, Russia

Contributed by Project for Public Spaces

Built in the 1930s to showcase the glory of Soviet Communism, the stations are works of art with marble, chandeliers, and stunning art deco designs.

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Why It Works

While Soviet Communism produced dismal results in most endeavors, you can't deny its one shining achievement: the world's most beautiful subway system. Each of the stations, built with marble and other gorgeous stone, is a palace constructed for the pleasure of everyday transit riders. The system is still the transportation lifeblood of the city.

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