Russia – Moscow – Underground and Up Above

To compliment the amazing array of architecture on Moscow’s streets, one need only look underground for even more. Moscow’s metro stations are stunningly beautiful for something as mundane as a subway platform. Not only is it the busiest metro system outside of Asia, it is also one of the world’s deepest (a fact you realise during the vertigo-inducing steep escalator trip down!)

Krasnopresnenskaya & Kiyevskaya Metro Stations

Krasnopresnenskaya & Kiyevskaya Metro Stations

Built under the iron-fisted command of Stalin during the Soviet era, the extravagant designs are unique to every station. Each one seeming to tell a different story without holding back on exquisite details.Frame 11

Most of the best examples can be found on the Brown Circle line, so we took this loop and kept getting on and off the train to have a look. Arguably the most famous is Ploshchad Revolyutsii. Named after Revolution Square situated directly above it, the station features marble arches flanked with bronze statues. One of them is a dog that accompanies a frontier guard. It is said that rubbing the dog’s nose brings good luck. Lucky dog!

Electrozavodskaya & Ploshchad Revolyutsii Metro Stations

Electrozavodskaya & Ploshchad Revolyutsii Metro Stations

In between the regular rushes of locals passing through, there were brief opportunities to capture the empty grand scale of each one. Not only were the decorations and art on the walls amazing, the ceilings and lighting were equally brilliant.

Komsomolslaya & Prospekt Mira Metro Stations

Komsomolslaya & Prospekt Mira Metro Stations

With countless mosaics, bas-reliefs, friezes and marble featured throughout, Russia’s proud history was immortalised for all to see. From images of agriculture and industry to warfare and military victories.

Belarusian & Mayakovskaya Metro Stations

Belarusian & Mayakovskaya Metro Stations

This incredible architectural movement came to end with Stalin’s death in 1953, but luckily even after the rapid “de-Stalinization” that soon followed, the original architecture was left intact.DSC02096

Back up on ground level, we went from one extreme to another (after a lazy picnic lunch in a nice park). The Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics showcases the proud achievements of the Russian Space Agency, especially during the space-era of the 50s and 60s and specifically dedicated to Yuri Gagarin; the first man in space.Frame 1

Built to mark the 20th anniversary of his famous orbit, it is topped with the Monument to the Conquerors of Space. With a rocket shooting high up into the reflected sky, it is epic in all senses of the word!

Monument to the Conquerors of Space

Monument to the Conquerors of Space

Nearby is VDNKh, a permanent general purpose trade show and amusement park. Since we visited on a weekend, it was crowded with families out enjoying the sunshine.

Out and about in VDNKh

Fun times at VDNKh

Strolling through Gorky Park, it seemed that all Moscovites were out and about. So many rollorbladers who were clearly ice-skaters getting ready for the upcoming winter fun. As the sun set, hundreds of people gathered along the riverfront for a massive group dance! A unique sight for us, but certainly a normal Sunday outing for many!Frame 6

You’d be surprised just how much green space there is throughout the city, providing good opportunities to unwind from the sprawling concrete jungle.

Novodevichy Convent

Novodevichy Convent

Moscow really comes to life at night. With the recent celebrations in the city, the bridges and streets were decorated with red, white and blue.Frame 7

We ventured for a closer look at the massive Peter the Great Stature we had seen from our earlier boat cruise. Yeah…it’s pretty big.Frame 12

There were even some random fireworks to close out our big last day in Russia’s capital!Frame 8

Visited 7th to 8th September 2014.


2 thoughts on “Russia – Moscow – Underground and Up Above

  1. Thanks for reading! Glad you enjoyed our Moscow posts. This was our first time in Moscow and we were pleasantly surprised how beautiful the city was. We only visited about 10 metro stations in about half a day, but there are so many more amazing ones to see. Next time!

    The Saint Petersburg posts are coming next. An even more beautiful city!

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