11 Apr '11, 4pm

The aesthetic pleasures of Soviet subway systems (PHOTOS): (via @ericuman)

The aesthetic pleasures of Soviet subway systems (PHOTOS): (via @ericuman)

Leading architects and artists from Uzbekistan took part in creating the stations of the capital's metro, which remains the only subway in Central Asia. The seventh metro to be built in the USSR, the Tashkent metro is typical of Soviet subway systems: its stations are very deep, in the event that they need to serve as bomb shelters, and each is intricately decorated with mosaics, sculpture and bas-reliefs made of engraved metal, glass, granite, marble, or carved alabaster.

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