Moscow · 55.7558° N, 37.6173° E
Moscow metro first opened in 1935 with 13 stations and it was the first underground railway system in the Soviet Union. As of 2017, the Moscow Metro has 206 stations and its route length is 339.1 km making it the fifth longest in the world! The deepest section is 84 metres underground at the Park Pobedy station, one of the world’s deepest station.
For this reason, we decided to challenge ourselves to explore and video shoot 7 metro stations in 1.5 hours. The task was hard, considering we could not find any printed metro map and Moscow’s metro network is massive!
So, we wrote down the top stations we wanted to visit and we planned our route in a way that we would not lose any unnecessary time changing lines. We bought the ticket with duration 1.5 hours which cost ₽65.
We started off Novokuznetskaya, following the Green line (2) with direction to Rechnoi Vokzal.
1. Novokuznetskaya metro Station · Новокузнецкая
The station’s opening was on November 20, 1943, and it honours the Soviet fighting men. Taranov and Bykova were the architectures.
The decorations include seven octagonal mosaic ceiling and sculptures on the base of the ceiling portraying the soldiers of the Red Army in combat. Also, the pink and white marble pylons are decorated with portraits of Russian war heroes. The marble benches on the platform initially belonged to the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.
From Nonokuznetskaya we kept following the Green line (2) and headed to Mayakovskaya. It is four stations away and it will only take 10 minutes to get there.
2. Mayakovskaya metro Station · Маяковская
The station’s opening was on September 11, 1938, and its Art Deco architecture was based on a Soviet future as envisioned by the poet Vladimir Mayakovsky. Alexey Dushkin was the architecture.
It is one of the most beautiful and famous metro station in the world. Because it is located 33 meters beneath the surface, the station became an air raid shelter during World War II. On the anniversary of the October Revolution, on 7 November 1941, Joseph Stalin addressed a mass assembly in the central hall of the station. During World War II, Stalin took residence in this place as well.
Next, we went to Belorusskaya, which is one station away, to change lines and follow the Brown line (5). One stop away is Novoslobodskaya.
3. Novoslobodskaya metro Station · Новослободская
The station’s opening was on January 30, 1952. Alexey Dushkin was the architecture.
For the decoration of the metro station, he used stained glass and the first drawings date to pre–World War II times.
It is famous for its 32 stained glass panels, which are the work of Latvian artists. At the end of the platform, there is a mosaic entitling “Peace Throughout the World.”
Keep following the Brown line (5), we took off the next stop, Prospekt Mira station.
4. Prospekt Mira metro Station · Проспект Мира
The station’s opening was on January 30, 1952. The station’s theme is an inspiration of the Botanical Garden of Moscow State University. The architects were Vladimir Gelfreykh and Mikhail Minkus.
The pylons are topped with floral elements. In the centre, the medallion is featuring the different aspects of the development of agriculture in the Soviet Union. There are several cylindrical chandeliers on the for lighting the space.
Still following the Brown line (5), we visited the next station, Komsomolskaya.
5. Komsomolskaya metro Station · Комсомольская
The station’s opening was on January 30, 1952. It illustrates the historical speech about the Historical Russian fight for freedom and independence by Stalin. In this speech, Stalin evoked the memories of past military leaders, and all these historical figures appeared on the mosaics of the station. The architect was Shchusev.
That station is one of the busiest in the whole network.
Travelling through the Brown line (5) for 7 more stops we arrived at the Kievskaya station.
6. Kievskaya metro Station · Киевская
The station’s opening was on March 14, 1954. The station’s design was a result of an open competition held in Ukraine. The team of Katonin, Skugarev, and Golubev won the competition.
Kievskaya’s theme is celebrating the Russo-Ukrainian unity. At the end of the platform is a portrait of Vladimir Lenin.
Finally, we left the Brown line (5) and followed the Blue line (3) to our next stop, Elektrozadovskaya. It is 6 stops away which will take around 9 minutes.
7. Elektrozavodskaya metro Station · Электрозаводская
The station’s opening was on May 15, 1944, during World War II, and it is one of the most spectacular and iconic symbols of the system. The architects were Vladimir Shchuko and Vladimir Gelfreich.
The electric light bulb factory nearby influenced the station’s theme, covering the ceiling with six rows of circular incandescent inset lamps, 318 in total.
The main pioneers in electricity and electrical engineering are appearing on the corners of the station’s lobby.
That was our amazing trip back in time in the famous Moscow’s metro network.
When you visit the cosmopolitan capital of Russia, don’t miss the ride. You can also find many travel agencies offering various metro tours, but if you have an explorer’s mind I suggest you try it on you own!