Moscow’s beautiful architecture does not end at ground level. Opened in 1935, the Moscow Metro continues to serve 9 million passengers a day, and is looking to be the 4th largest subway system by 2020. Canadian Photographer David Burdeny’s impressive display of images show how the Metro can take us into a historical journey of sorts.

Once an architect, it’s not difficult to picture Burdeny’s fascination for this particular place. Each station appears to be grander than the last, with elegant chandeliers, breathtaking marble ceilings, and intricate column designs framing the communist propaganda that once fueled the country. Burdeny was given access after-hours, allowing him to offer us an undistracted glimpse into what probably is the most beautiful underground train system in the world.

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All photos by David Burdeny.