World's Most Beautiful Subway Stations

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Paris has some. So does Washington, D.C. But gorgeous subway stations aren’t always in the spots you’d expect.

Paris: Arts et MétiersStation

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Architect Hector Guimard’s Art Nouveau entrances to the Paris Métro are icons of elegant public architecture. They give a sense of entering a hidden garden rather than a train station. What lies beneath is often something entirely different, with replicas of the Louvre collection in the Louvre-Rivoli station and reproduced Rodins in the Varenne Station. The most surreal interior is Arts et Métiers, designed by Belgian comic book artist François Schuiten. Commuters find themselves inside a Jules Verne–inspired submarine, complete with portholes and giant cogs.

Don’t Miss: The museum above Arts et Métiers is jammed with inventions and oddities from the 18th and 19th centuries, including the original Foucault’s pendulum, used to demonstrate the rotation of the earth.

World's Most Beautiful Subway Stations

Paris: Arts et MétiersStation

Architect Hector Guimard’s Art Nouveau entrances to the Paris Métro are icons of elegant public architecture. They give a sense of entering a hidden garden rather than a train station. What lies beneath is often something entirely different, with replicas of the Louvre collection in the Louvre-Rivoli station and reproduced Rodins in the Varenne Station. The most surreal interior is Arts et Métiers, designed by Belgian comic book artist François Schuiten. Commuters find themselves inside a Jules Verne–inspired submarine, complete with portholes and giant cogs.

Don’t Miss: The museum above Arts et Métiers is jammed with inventions and oddities from the 18th and 19th centuries, including the original Foucault’s pendulum, used to demonstrate the rotation of the earth.

Marguerite Bruno/RATP
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