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Atlas Obscura Tel Aviv’s Massive Maze-Like Transport Hub

Formerly the world’s biggest bus station (and now demoted to the second largest), this monstrous, partly abandoned labyrinth of a building looks like it was designed by MC Escher. In reality, it’s just the victim of some very unfortunate design and construction processes.

The station, which is notoriously confusing and easy to get lost in, has both quaint, modern parts as well as abandoned, derelict areas. One of its unused tunnels now houses an urban bat colony, which is supervised by Israel’s Nature and Gardens department.

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