Clichés sous terre

Photo report for Cafebabel, European online magazine based in Paris and published in 6 languages.

The numerous, long metro tunnels and underground passages are lined with clothes shops, bars, flower shops, restaurants, chemists. If we had to choose a common concept to define the underground aesthetic of the city, it would paradoxically be the lack of a unifying style. Although the underground system has only three lines (the fourth one has been under construction since 1972), we can see big differences between each one of them, from the decadence of Kőbánya-Kispest at the end of the line M3 to the beauty of the M1 lines, the oldest in continental Europe and the second oldest in the world (1896), after London´s tube (1863), which has been declared a World Heritage Site.

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