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Mendeleevskaya Metro Station, Moscow

Moscow Metro came up during the period between the two World Wars, around the mid-1930s. Stalin envisaged them as 'Palaces for the Proletariat'. These stations were created deep beneath the earth - deepest being 84 metres beneath - as they were conceived of as nuclear shelters. Here's a magnificent sample of one such palace!

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