The Gardian. Uzbekistan’s secret underground – in pictures Разное Фото

A Metro train rumbles into Novza station, named after a region of Tashkent.

After the ban on photographing the Tashkent metro in Uzbekistan was lifted this summer, Amos Chapple, RFE/RL’s photographer went underground to reveal the art, architecture and nuclear-blast protection in Central Asia’s oldest subway system.

Amos Chapple/RFE/RL
Photography inside the heavily policed metro was forbidden until June 2018 because of the military sensitivity of its second role as a nuclear bomb shelter

A moment between trains in Kosmonavtlar (Cosmonauts) station. The stop is famous for its dreamlike portraits of cosmonauts

A moment between trains in Kosmonavtlar (Cosmonauts) station. The stop is famous for its dreamlike portraits of cosmonauts
Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space, immortalized in Kosmonavtlar station
A cashier at an entrance to the metro
A mosaic of freshly puffed cotton bolls inside Pakhtakor station
A shimmering corridor linking two stations
A ceramic mural is revealed as a train rolls out of Tashkent station
Mosque-like architecture inside Alisher Navoi station
A decorative panel inside Alisher Navoi station
A decorative panel inside Alisher Navoi station
A mural celebrating 2,200 years since the founding of Tashkent, inside Tashkent station
Commuters peer out at the novel sight of a foreigner taking photos of their metro
Gafur Qulom station, named after an Uzbek intellectual
A mural on the wall of the Tashkent metro
Amir Temur Khiyoboni (Amir Temur Square) station, the former October Revolution station
A latenight commuter in Ming O’rik (Thousand Apricot) station
Commuters in Pakhtakor station
Characters from an epic poem by Oybek in the station named after the Uzbek poet

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