Calling it more ‘polished’ than the New York subway system would be a bit of an understatement. The Moscow Metro project was undertaken in the 1930s, and has produced some of the most stunning architectural works in Russia.
Under the slogan “The whole country is building the Metro,” nearly 75,000 workers toiled. These “palaces for the people,” as Stalin called them, were intended to remind the often hungry, downtrodden masses that their tax rubles had been well spent.
The resulting 200 subway stations are a lasting legacy, and until recently, they hadn’t been properly photographed for the world to see. Photographer David Burdeny spent a year fighting for the opportunity to capture these architectural marvels, and is currently the only person allowed to do so. The next time you’re in Moscow, go underground. Via FastCoDesign: