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Canadian photographer Christopher Herwig travelled through the length and breadth of the former Soviet Union to document a curious phenomenon that he had stumbled upon more than a decade ago while on a cycling trip across Europe — bus stops. These strange little shelters are brimming with architectural styles that’s unlike anything you have ever seen anywhere else. There are pyramids and arches, domes and vaults and other improbable structures.

The remarkable diversity and creativity displayed in these bus stops is even more strange when you consider the fact that they belong to a regime that is usually associated with Brutalist architecture. And this is exactly the reason why you will find such elaborate bus stops nowhere else but the Soviet Union. These roadside pavilions were the precious opportunities for local artists and architects to express themselves and break free of the monotony in architecture.

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