It's dizzying to imagine the insane engineering that goes into constructing a complex network of subway tunnels underneath a thriving city. I mean, look at this. It's even crazier to think of what happens down there when a station gets shut down for good.

Thankfully, a handful of photographers around the world have braved the mole people, rats, and whatever else goes down underground to capture the abandoned spaces in all their dank, frighteningly beautiful glory.

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1. The Cincinnati Subway

Cincinnati, Ohio

Technocrazed

2. Unused Kiev Metro Tunnel

Kiev, Ukraine

NYULocal.com

3. City Hall Loop

New York, New York

Blog.Housetrip.com

4. Chamberi Station

Madrid, Spain

DesertedPlaces.blogspot.com

5. Old Los Angeles Subway System

Los Angeles, California

TheGuardian.com

6. Lower Queen Station

Toronto, Canada

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7. Saint-Martin Metro Station

Paris, France

Flickr/Wasabi Bob

8. Waldorf Astoria Train Platform

New York, New York

Bradley Garrett

9. Aldwych Tube Station

London, England

Ilxor.com

10. South 4th Street Station

Brooklyn, New York

UrbanGhostMedia.com

11. Czestochowa Abandoned Train Depot

Czestochowa, Poland

Demidism.Deviantart.com

12. Abandoned 42nd Street Station

New York, New York

StreetsDept.com

13. Spring Garden Station

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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14. Broad Street Bridge

Rochester, New York

AbandonedScotland.com

15. Botanic Gardens Station

Glasgow, Scotland

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