The Unique, Retro Futuristic Beauty Of Soviet-Era Bus Stops

With rare exceptions, bus stops these days are never some spectacular architectural accomplishment. But in a different era, and in a different part of the world, they used to be nothing less than grandiose. One photographer went on a chase for some of the most unique bus stops in the world and found true gems in the former USSR countries. A unique kind of brutalist architecture is the main mark of these buildings, but some of them can surprise you with their elaborate elements.  

Canadian photographer Chris Herwig released his amazing collection of photos of bus stops after a long tour of various towns in Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, Abkhazia, Georgia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Belarus. After a while he came back to the topic for a second time, this time wanting to repeat his search for stop in Georgia and Ukraine, two of the countries where Soviet ideology left the greatest mark.  

The architectural diversity of these discoveries is still as impressive as in its first volume: there are stops in the form of trains, birds, light bulbs, rockets, castles and even one that incorporates a statue of St. George killing the dragon.