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21 BREATHTAKING photos of the Moscow Metro

Would you take a ride in the Moscow Metro?

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.

1. Mayakovskaya

2. Komsomolskaya

3. Park Pobedy

4. Taganskaya

5. Novoslobodskaya

6. Kievskaya

7. Prospekt Mira

8. Elektrozavodskaya

9. Arbatskaya

10. Ploshchad’ Revolutsii

11. Belorusskaya

12. Sokol

13. Novokuznetskaya

14. Baumanskaya

15. Slavyanskiy Bulvar

16. Dostoyevskaya

17. Maryina Roshcha

18. Sretensky Bulvar

19. Aeroport

20. Okhotny Ryad

21. Chkalovskaya

+ 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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I assume that the half-egg shape of these beautiful stations indicates that the rail line runs through the underground half of the egg.
But good to see no semi-naked females leering at one from advertisement hoardings; and no graffiti.

EM
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EM

Semi-naked females are the last thing I would complain about))

EM
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EM

Outstanding. NYC subway has it’s own “charm”, but Moscow metro is totally from another league…

my2Cents
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my2Cents

It DOES…..HOW?? It is utilitarian, ugly and filthy….I rode it for about 30 years.
https://www.google.com/search?q=Pictures+of+NYC+Subway&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

EM
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EM

It is, I know. It is also noisy as “mudafaka”). I rode it for 5 years while I had nice job in Manhattan (manager position in Barns and Noble). I think it is all together – the working folks, the morning chill, the fresh coffee smell etc etc I don’t know now. Now I drive luxury sedan, but sometimes I miss all that noise and crowd shake. May be I was much younger back then;)

englishvinal
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englishvinal

I rode the MTA (before it became the MBTA) in Boston regularly, it was stark, gritty, depressing, and clammy cold … it got you where you needed to go at a reasonable price and that was the only redeeming quality it had.

Back in those days at least it was ‘free’… almost NO guards nor police wandering around. Now I have been told that it is teeming with “law enforcement” of every size and shape…. forested with cameras watching watching watching….. people with their heads down pushing and shoving.. non-talking, texting zombies.

I’d rather walk!!!!.

Paul Meuse
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Paul Meuse

The Moscow metro is a work of art; it looks like a beautiful museum. I was born in Boston, and lived there from Jan 1975 -87. I remember the Boylston St stop. I’d stand back as a mass of people pushed towards the doors, and watched for pickpockets. I was a Marine Vietnam veteran (anti-war now), and once chased a purse snatcher across the street at Brigham circle right through traffic and over a brick wall. He disappeared into a brick project. Getting off was a problem at some stops because the mob didn’t want to open up because they… Read more »

XRGRSF
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XRGRSF

Where is the filth, where are the prostitutes, where is the graffiti, where is the litter, where are the drug dealers, where are the leering Blacks, and threatening beggars? Oh, I forgot, this is Russia.

CumExApostolatus
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CumExApostolatus

Aside from the ever present, black/white checkerboard floors, quite aesthetically interesting.

Suzanne Giraud
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Suzanne Giraud

Dear and sweet Anna, Do you know the background to the cupola ceilings in this superb Moscow Metro?
Allow me to share a very special Artist and Philosopher, Irene Caesar and her essay on this very subject:
https://irenecaesar.wordpress.com//?s=KOZYREV+MIRROR+PRINCIPLE+AS+THE+KEY+TO+QUANTUM+LEAP&search=Go.

She also offers the world the ‘Quantum Leap’ technologies at http://www.wavegenome.com/order-your-mini-tesla-generator.html

Suzanne Giraud
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Suzanne Giraud

If you are interested in the background and importance of the cupola ceilings, do check out my post to Anna (just now).

John Doe
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John Doe

Must be the most beautiful underground system in the world

Mario
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Mario

This can only be described as an underground museum of art.

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