I’ve at all times been intrigued by communist structure. The Moscow Metro is a high-quality instance which I needed to go to for a very long time. I visited Moscow already just a few occasions however by no means discovered the time for it. This yr I visited Moscow for the 5th time and at last I had time throughout a wet afternoon to see the attractive stations of the Moscow Metro.
These stations are all positioned on the inside ring line (Koltsevaya Line) with two exceptions that are positioned inside this circle. My Russian enterprise associate picked me up on the Marriott Resort Novy Arbat the place I stayed and he confirmed me across the Moscow Metro. I’ll take you to the next stations (see photograph) however first I’ll give a brief historical past lesson on the Moscow Metro.
Moscow Metro Historical past
The plans for a Moscow Metro system date again over a century however had been solely realized in 1935 with one line and 13 stations. When the metro opened in 1935 this was a victory for socialism and extensively celebrated. I have to say after having visited the Pyongyang Metro in North Korea there are some similarities as they each date from communist occasions. It’s constructed through the years right into a system of radiating strains from the middle to the suburbs with circle strains connecting these. There are actually 15 strains in the event you rely the brand new opened middle line too and 244 stations. All these new stations are simply new boring stations however the outdated stations of the middle line are these which can be filled with paintings.
Essentially the most stunning stations are constructed previous to 1950 after which most stations look extra the identical and inbuilt a extra easy fashion. All stations are constructed with columns on each side with within the middle an open space. In current expansions, there are stations with out columns however these of the primary levels of improvement all have columns or pylons. The primary constructing supplies for the Moscow Metro at the moment had been concrete for the essential construction or typically metal. They had been completed with plaster, tiles, marbles and naturally the artwork work. See the gallery for the stations!
Roundtrip Moscow Metro
I began the journey on the Novoslobodskaya, a part of the Koltsevaya Line (ring line), my favourite station as you’ll be able to see beneath. The following station is Prospekt Mira which has stunning marbles and ceramic reliefs with subjects from the agricultural improvement within the Soviet Union. Subsequent station: Komsomolskaya with its yellow ceiling and mosaics depicting historic photos of the battle in Russia for freedom and independence. Subsequent up is Kurskaya which is a station from 1950 and is, as stated earlier than, very merely and primarily embellished with marbles.
The next station known as Taganskaya has stunning blue majolica panels embellished with conventional Russian ornaments. Paveletskaya station is subsequent and is once more easy in design however embellished with extra completely different coloured marbles as Kurskaya. Dobryninskaya can be of later date and impressed on the colours of the Russian orthodox church buildings; I favored right here the zig-zag ceiling lighting. Oktyabrskaya additionally opened in 1950 and is made up of various colours of marbles however between the pylons are reliefs of medallions of Russian troopers. Park Kultury is the subsequent station on the ring highway and can be a part of the fourth enlargement just like the three stations earlier than however primarily based on historical Greek designs. Between the pylons are stunning reliefs of sport and leisure themes.
Kiyevskaya station is positioned beneath the Kiyevsky Rail Terminal and is inbuilt an Artwork Nouveau fashion and has between the pylons mosaics depicting the unity of Russia and Ukraine. Subsequent station: Krasnopresnenskaya which is a station embellished with granite and marbles with bas-reliefs of the Russian Revolutions of 1905 and 1917. Belorusskaya comes subsequent and is, because the title says associated to Belarus. You will notice stunning mosaics of the each day lifetime of Belarusians. The ceiling is outstanding with stunning plaster work. Lets go to the subsequent station. Guess the place we find yourself? Sure, again at Novoslobodskay!
My favourite station of the Moscow Metro
My favourite station is Novoslobodskaya as a result of I simply love the stained-glass paintings at this station. In whole the station has 36 stained-glass home windows that are lid up from inside the pillars. The station is constructed to resemble a crypt. You possibly can see three of the home windows within the photograph beneath and within the image on the high of this web page you’ll be able to see the mosaic on the finish of the station. This mosaic is named “Peace All through the World”. What’s your favourite station in Moscow? Let me know within the feedback beneath.
I loved travelling the Moscow Metro for just a few hours. Many of the ring circle stations are a bit of artwork value testing. The Moscow Metro was one of many final issues I needed to discover in Moscow as I already explored most different locations of curiosity. For instance: Kolomenskoye, Novodevichy, Crimson Sq. & Kremlin, I did some city exploring within the Hovrinskaya Hospital and a day journey to Sergiev Posad. I’ll return to Moscow once more and I’m positive I discover new issues to discover!
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Gallery Moscow Metro
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