On May 15th 2015 the Moscow Metro turned 80 years old. Since the first stations opened in 1935, it has grown and is still expanding every year.
Some stations are much grander than others, some look very similar, and a lot of the new ones are very modern and shiny. Recently, they’ve been adding English signs into lots of stations, which hopefully makes it easier for the tourists. On an average day 9 million people ride it, as it’s cheap, and much faster than driving in Moscow’s traffic. And in my opinion – it’s the most beautiful Metro ever.
So what better way to celebrate (and stay out of the pouring rain), than to ride the circle line, and get off at every station (I know how to have fun!) I had a wonderful afternoon actually looking at the museum-like-stations which I usually power walk through.
Taganskaya connects to the Purple and Yellow lines. It’s always nice to go this way for a change to see the pointed blue arches lining the platform.
This has another huge mosaic at the end of the platform and beautiful archways which line the platform.
This is the station for Gorky Park from the Orange Line. There are some mystery stairs behind the gate at the end of the platform, and wonderful arched ceilings.
This is the other way to get to Gorky Park, by taking the bridge over the river first if you’re coming from the Red Line. Avoid the bridge if it’s a really chilly day.
This station connects the Dark Blue and the Light Blue lines, and another main station – Kievsky Vokzal. Here there is a huge shopping centre with shiny lifts where I used to get lost. The platform is very grand with beautiful mosaics showing Russia-Ukraine Unity and could be mistaken for an art gallery, perhaps.
Here you will find Moscow’s Zoo and the connection to the Purple Line. The station is lined with sculptures showing scenes from The Revolutions of 1905 and 1917.
This station has a beautifully designed ceiling, with twelve mosaics overhead showing life in Belarus. Here you can connect to the Green Line, go to Belorussky Vokzal train station or visit Starbucks in an office like district.
One of my favourites as it’s so colourful, this station connects to the Grey Line. It’s lined with stained glass along both platforms and the middle walkway.
This station connects to the Orange Line where most of the stations are a little ugly and have the exact same entrances. This one is nice.
My favourite station which connects to the Red Line. I’m not really sure what’s at this station but I’m told the area is a bit rough. In any case, the station is lit with huge chandeliers and mosaics showing Russia’s fight for freedom are on the ceiling.
And the grand finale – Kurskaya. Erm…beautiful lamps. Kurskaya connects to the Dark Blue and Light Green (Salad) Lines and Kursky Vokzal. It has a nice shopping centre (although Topshop had disappeared when I last went) and you can catch the Trolleybus number Б for a trip around the entire Garden Ring Road – just for fun.
Which is your favourite station?