Saturday, October 16, 2010

Moscow Metro

Moscow's Metro system is really something to see. It is clean and efficient, but the older stations dating from the 30's, 40's and 50's are grandiose. We went down the longest escalator I have ever seen to get to the station, rode the train and got off to see three of the most impressive. Be sure to click on each picture for a larger view.

Here is the exterior, not looking very special.

Our first stop was the Ploshchad Revolutsili, with its bronze sculptures holding up the columns.

It had 76 magnificent bronze figures of the creators of the new Socialist order: soldiers, workers and collective farm workers.

Here's Ruthie rubbing the nose of the soldier's dog for good luck, as is the custom. We saw so many commuters doing it. Notice how shiny his nose is. There was a companion piece on the other side of the archway and two others at another archway.

Kievskaya Station has cheerful mosaics portraying Ukrainian-Russian friendship.

This station, Park Pobedy, was just corridors of gleaming marble. No graffiti!

Here you can see that it actually is a busy train station.

This huge mural was at the end. The figures were larger than life size.

The newer stations on the edges of town, which we did not see, are just bland, but spotless white tile.


Vivien Zepf said...

Ah, the grandeur of your tour! How exciting! How fun to see all the different architecture, art, and customs. I'm amazed you can keep it all straight. You must have taken copious notes of all your pictures.

Truly, thank you for sharing all this.

Natalya Aikens said...

did you see the St. Petersburg subway? now I might be just a wee bit prejudiced BUT it has the longest escalator and is just as stunning. And do you know why the subways are clad in that much marble? most of the marble is from destroyed cathedrals during Stalin's era....