The Moscow Metro is an essential part of Moscow life. Not only one the fastest, safest, and most traveled subway in the world, it is also a inalienable part of Russian cultural and historical heritage.
The first designs for the Moscow’s subway were submitted to city authorities under the reign of Tsar Nicholas II in 1902, but were repeatedly derailed: by the uprising of 1905, the first World War, and the Bolshevik revolution of 1917.
Finally opened on 15 May 1935, under the management of Joseph Stalin, the Moscow Metro was an underground Communist paradise! It was a perfect transport system accessible for all city’s workers. Its grandiose chandeliers, reflective marble walls, hypnotizing mosaics, and heroic statues were a testament to the values and power of the Communist party.
During the World War II, the Moscow Metro served as a bomb-proof shelter. In finer times, it served as a place for young people to meet and fall in love.
Today, it transports more than nine million people a day, and is expected to grow an additional 90 miles by 2020, making it the third largest subway system in the world, after Beijing and Shanghai.
Would you take a ride in the Moscow Metro? Have a look below and tell us what you think.
3. Park Pobedy
7. Prospekt Mira
10. Ploshchad’ Revolutsii
15. Slavyanskiy Bulvar
17. Maryina Roshcha
18. Sretensky Bulvar
20. Okhotny Ryad
+ 1 interesting fact from RussiaFeed…
Supposedly, Stalin had also ordered to build a parallel underground system – Metro-2 – to have an opportunity to escape the city in case of any attack on the government. The Metro-2 would connect the Kremlin with the Federal Security Service (FSB) headquarters and the airports. The myth of the Metro-2 has never been denied or confirmed, but there is indirect evidence that it actually exists…
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