Why visit Moscow Metro?
When we were in St Petersburg, one of the goals of ours was to check out the metro. While it was very nice, for us it couldn’t even compete with some underground stations in Moscow. First and biggest metro system in Russia, it was opened in 1935 and it has been expanding since then. Though there have been quite a few different ideas of Moscow metro since 1875, the construction started only in 1931. Under Stalin’s rule, cult of his personality played an important role in USSR. It was also reflected in the metro construction: multiple busts, portraits, quotes and sculptures of Stalin were all around the underground. However, after Khrushchev started the process of de-Stalinization, many of them were removed. For those interested how it looked like before, you can find a lot of photos on this website by Alexei Goncharov.
So, why visit metro? Because old metro stops look amazing.
Which stations to take?
Probably the best line to take to see fantastic stations is the brown (Koltsevaya, or circle) line nr 5. For those who don’t have a multi-day ticket, 1 time pass that costs 55 rubles is enough to make a full circle with a stop on each station. These tickets are not limited by time or amount of interchanges you take, but they only grant 1 entry. Trains come rather often, and we recommend to just exit at every stop that you like, take it all in and hop on the next train to continue your journey.
Here are some of our favourite stations in random order:
- Prospekt Mira
We sincerely hope that you’ll enjoy metro system in Moscow as much as we did. It’s an amazing piece of art and history combined together, which so many people get to enjoy every single day, without even thinking of it. This is a great example of “accessible art” that lasts for many decades. If you know Russian, check out the trains as well – many of them were tuned before FIFA 2018 and contain some interesting information about different themes of Russian culture and history.
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