The Russian metro stations are truly an art work. Many of them date back to the 1930s, which means, early Soviet Union and the boom of the gigantic constructions that should serve as propaganda for the communist government. Renowned artists and architects were summoned to accomplish this bold project, which resulted in extremely sophisticated constructions. The Russian metro stations are enormous, decorated with white marble, crystal chandeliers and either carved or painted details on the walls which should really be in a museum.
If you are passing by one the countries main cities (St. Petersburg and Moscow), put aside a few hours at least to know the main and most beautiful Russian metro stations. You will not regret.
A bit of background about the Russian metro stations
The metro in Moscow was opened in 1935, with 11km in extension and 13 stations. Currently, it has almost 350km and more than 200 stations, being the 5th largest in the world.
In St. Petersburg, the metro was opened in 1955 with 7 stations. Today, it has 133km and almost 70 stations and it is one of the deepest underground in the world (serious, some of the stations you feel like you descend eternally on the escalator). The Admiralteyskaya for instance is 86 meters deep.
The Russian metro stations you need to know
Up until recently, it was not allowed to take photos inside the stations for security measures, therefore most of the pictures on this post are not from us.
1 – Avtovo Station, St Petersburg – opened in 1935
2 – Arbatskaya Station, Moscow – opened in 1953
3 – Belorusskaya Station, Moscow – opened in 1938
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4 – Elektrozavodskaya Station, Moscow – opened in 1944
5 – Kiyevskaya Station, Moscow – opened in 1954
6 – Komsomlskaya Station, Moscow – opened in 1952
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