The Magnificent Muscovite Metro StationsHow some sun can be found underground 24/24h in Moscow
I have travelled on a lot of public transportation systems all over the world and I have wondered at their modern efficiency (Japan), or just efficiency (the Tube), cleanliness (Switzerland, Japan), noise (Paris), smell (Paris) but I have never come across anything as impressive as the Moscow and St.Petersburg Metro stations.
Should you plan a week in Moscow, make sure you then dedicate a full day to visit those underground palaces. I couldn't and didn't, thus some of the images in this album were not from my cameras. They are captioned accordingly.
Here you'll find images from about 8 metro stations from a staggering total of 180 stations (or more depending of the sources' freshness)
, thus representing a tiny sample of what you can expect to see in this underground art gallery. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moscow_Metro
❝Once described as a Subterranean paradise for the people
, the Moscow Metro is said to be one of the most extraordinary in the world. Stalin’s vision was to create a Metro system that would resemble “People's Palaces“
. His vision was realised in 1935 when the Metro was opened with just 13 stations.
Now with over 180 stations and more planned, the Moscow Metro is one of the most heavily used
systems in the world, moving more than nine million people per day. Not only is the Moscow Metro beautiful, extremely clean and very safe, it is also a cheap way to travel. A one way ticket on the metro is ₽50.00 (~$1) regardless of length of trip.
The initial stations were built by forced soviet labour
. Many depict the Soviet Union’s greatest achievements and historical milestones as well as paying homage to Russia’s diverse artistic, literary and architectural legacy. Interestingly, the British engineers commissioned for the project, due to experience gained on the London underground system
were later arrested on suspicion of espionage
. It was believed they knew too much about the underground system.
Every station has a unique design
symbolic of the era and political leader of the time, making you want to keep exploring these subterranean palaces
. Lined with marble and decorated with chandeliers, intricate mosaic artworks, heroic statues and gilded trimmings, the Moscow Metro stations are not merely decorated, they are works of art
. An entire day can be spent station hopping, admiring beauty and opulence that would have received a nod of approval from the Romanov’s themselves.❞
The Moscow Metro was one of the USSR’s most ambitious architectural projects
. The metro’s artists and architects worked to design a structure that embodied svet (radiance or brilliance) and svetloe budushchee (a radiant future). With their reflective marble walls, high ceilings and grand chandeliers, many Moscow Metro stations have been likened to an "artificial underground sun". This palatial underground environment reminded riders that their tax rubles had been well spent.Teatralnaya Stationhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatralnaya_%28Moscow_Metro%29
Named for the nearby Theatre Square, Teatralnaya opened in 1938 as part of the second stage of the Metro construction. Designed as a tribute to the arts, this pretty station is lined with fluted pylons and white marble salvaged from the demolished Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. The central hall is decorated with crystal lamps and bas-reliefs depicting the theatre arts of the USSR made by the Leningrad Porcelain Factory.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pushkinskaya_%28Moscow_Metro%29https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oktyabrskaya_%28Koltsevaya_Line%29https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatralnaya_%28Moscow_Metro%29http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2015/oct/31/moscows-metro-stations-in-pictureshttp://www.amusingplanet.com/2013/05/art-and-decor-of-moscow-metro-stations.html