12/05/2011 08:22 am ET | Updated Feb 04, 2012

The 15 Most Beautiful Subway Stops In The World (PHOTOS)

Clearly, the first and foremost purpose of a subway station is to be a place where passengers can transition effectively from one train to another. However, as a location where masses of people flock to every day, subway stops can come to serve more than a mere practical purpose. They can become exhibition halls of great art and architecture, showcasing a country's or city's cultural treasures.

Lavish, old subway stops in allow passengers to travel back in time as they walk long corridors filled with antique chandeliers and other decadent embellishments. Recently renovated or entirely new subway stations, in turn, can reflect the newest technology and become monuments to innovation.

Here are 15 of the coolest and most beautiful subway stops you can consider visiting on your travels. Who thought seeing art, architecture, culture, history and technology could all be done on the budget of using public transport?

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