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The Most Beautiful Stations on the Moscow Metro

You might have heard that there are some beautiful metro stations in Moscow. Soviet decorations, chandeliers, mosaic painting and statues are common in many of the stations. The good news is that the Moscow Metro does not cost a lot of money and many of the most beautiful stations on the Moscow metro are on the same line, so you can almost get on and off at each station to visit these. Over the New Year holidays, I had a free afternoon and decided to visit some of these stations. Check out what I found below…..

 

The Most Beautiful Stations on the Moscow Metro

The main stations that you will want to visit are on the Number 5 line, also known as the Circle Line. An advantage of this line is that you can get to it very easily and quickly no matter where you are in Moscow. The announcements on the metro are in Russian as well as English so you don’t need to worry if your Russian language skills are not good.

If, like me, you arrive in Moscow via train from Kyiv, then you will arrive at a metro station which many Muscovites believe to be the most beautiful of them all…..

 

Kievskaya

Kievskaya metro station was opened in 1954 and features white marble walls which curve upwards and have with large mosaics surrounded by a gold trim in a very classical style. The mosaics depict life in Ukraine and was designed by a Ukrainian who wanted to display Ukraine’s influence and contribution to Soviet Russia.

 

Kievskaya, one of the most beautiful stations on the Moscow metro

Kievskaya, one of the most beautiful stations on the Moscow metro

 

Soviet era artwork between the arches

Soviet era artwork between the arches

 

Mosaic with golden trim

Mosaic with golden trim

 

People carrying flags is a common theme

People carrying flags is a common theme

 

Going into battle

Going into battle

 

Belorusskaya

If you look at a map of the metro, you will want to go in a clockwise direction on the circle line. So you will want to get on the train going in the Barrikadnaya direction and not Park Kultury. Stay on this line until you reach the 2nd station, Belorusskaya. This station was built in 1952 and like Kievskaya also features white marble pylons and a plaster ceiling.

The ceiling features 12 mosaics in an octagonal shape depicting Belarusian life, while the tiling on the floor is said to resemble a Belarusian quilt. One of the passageway exits of the station has a statue called ‘Belarusian Partisans’ of three men wearing long coats, holding guns and carrying a flag.”

 

Belorusskaya metro platform

Belorusskaya metro platform

 

Belorusskaya metro platform

Belorusskaya metro platform

 

Soviet artwork on the roof

Soviet artwork on the roof

 

The hammer and sickle features prominently in the metro artwork

The hammer and sickle features prominently in the metro artwork

 

Three men carrying guns, holding the flag...

Three men carrying guns, holding the flag…

Mayakovskaya

To get to the next station, we need to change onto the green line (line 2) and go just one stop to the station of Mayakovskaya. This station has an art deco theme and, for some, resembles an elaborate ballroom. The columns are faced with stainless steel and pink rhodonite while the marble walls and ceiling have 34 mosaics with the theme “24-hour Soviet Sky. Apparently, Stalin resided here during the 2nd World War as the station was used as a command post for Moscow’s anti-aircraft regiment.

 

Mayakovskaya metro

Mayakovskaya metro

 

Mayakovskaya metro

Mayakovskaya metro

 

24-Hour Soviet Sky mosaic

24-Hour Soviet Sky mosaic

 

Bomber planes

Bomber planes

 

24-Hour Soviet Sky mosaic

24-Hour Soviet Sky mosaic

 

It looks like planes flying over Red Square

It looks like planes flying over Red Square

 

Air-ship

Air-ship

 

24-Hour Soviet Sky mosaic

24-Hour Soviet Sky mosaic

 

 

Novoslobodskaya

It’s time to get back on the metro and return to Belorusskaya. At Belorusskaya, change to the circle line again and continue clockwise to the next station, Novoslobodskaya. With its 32 stained glass panels, this station reminds me of a church. The panels were designed by Latvian artists and are surrounded by a brass border.

 

Novoslobodskaya metro

Novoslobodskaya metro

 

The platform of Novoslobodskaya metro

The platform of Novoslobodskaya metro

 

The platform of Novoslobodskaya metro

The platform of Novoslobodskaya metro

 

Stained glass artwork

Stained glass artwork

 

The golden trim around artwork is also very common

The golden trim around artwork is also very common

 

Stained glass artwork

Stained glass artwork

 

Stained glass artwork

Stained glass artwork

 

Prospekt Mira

Back on the metro and again just one stop until our next station, Prospekt Mira. This station was originally called Botanichesky Sad after the nearby Botanical Gardens of the Moscow State University. The pylons are covered in white marble and decorated with floral bas-relief friezes. The ceiling is decorated with casts and several cylindrical chandeliers.

Prospekt Mira metro station

Prospekt Mira metro station

 

Notice the floral decoration

Notice the floral decoration

Komsomolskaya

On the metro once more and once more we are going just one stop to the next station – Komsomolskaya. This station is famous for its its yellow ceiling. The chandeliers in this station are huge. The photos below do not do this station justice.  For me, this station resembles a presidential palace.  You hace to see it for yourself to truly appreciate it.

Because of it’s location, this is one of the busiest stations in the Moscow metro as it serves three of the main train stations in the city – Leningradsky, Yaroslavsky, and Kazansky so be prepared for a lot of people.

Komsomolskaya metro

Komsomolskaya metro

 

The yellow ceiling seems to go on forever

The yellow ceiling seems to go on forever

 

Yellow ceiling and artwork

Yellow ceiling and artwork

 

One of the ceiling mosaics

One of the ceiling mosaics

Elektrozavodskaya

When you are ready to leave Komsomolskaya metro station behind, then get back on the circle line and go one stop to Kurskaya and change to the blue line (line 3) and go to two stops to the Elektrozavodskaya station. This station gets it’s name from a nearby electric light bulb factory and has a somewhat industrial but also futuristic style, with 6 rows of circular lamps (there are 318 lamps in total). I think this is one of the most beautiful stations on the Moscow metro for how unique it is. The station was opened in 1944 after a delay because of the 2nd World War and features 12 marble bas-reliefs of the struggle on the home front during the war.

The Komsomolskaya metro station

The Komsomolskaya metro station

 

The struggles of war at home

The struggles of war at home

 

Fixing machinery

Fixing machinery

 

Hard at work

Hard at work

 

Making weapons

Making weapons

 

Building a tank

Building a tank

 

The struggles of war at home

The struggles of war at home

 

Even the station sign is elaborate

Even the station sign is elaborate

 

Ploschad Revolyutsii

Back on the metro line 3 (but in the other direction), getting off at the 3rd stop – Ploschad Revolyutsii (Revolution Square). This is located underneath the square in Moscow of the same name and is a short walk from Red Square in the city centre. It is the perfect place to end a visit around Moscow’s metro. The station features red and yellow marble arches with a total of 76 sculptures in between each arch. The sculptures are supposed to represent the people of the Soviet Union and include soldiers, farmers, industrial workers, children etc… I noticed a lot of people touching the golden chicken in the photo below as well as the show of the woman. I am assuming that this is for good luck.

Industrial worker

Industrial worker

 

Touch the chicken for good luck

Touch the chicken for good luck

 

Sculpture of the people of the Soviet Union

Sculpture of the people of the Soviet Union

 

Woman reading a book - touch the shoe for good luck

Woman reading a book – touch the shoe for good luck

 

In education

In education

 

Parent and child

Parent and child

 

The Most Beautiful Stations on the Moscow Metro

These are some of what I think are the most beautiful stations on the Moscow metro. Which ones are your favourite? Would you add any to this list?

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19 Comments

  • Reply
    Jas
    April 13, 2018 at 06:01

    Kievskaya definitely caught me off guard. Didn’t know Moscow metro stations were THIS extravagant! Mayakovskaya is gorgeous too with the marble walls and mosaics. I might just need to book a flight over to admire all of these!

    • Damien
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      Damien
      April 19, 2018 at 21:55

      Do it! Kievskaya was my first introduction to the Moscow metro as I got an overnight train from Kyiv.

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    Meagan
    April 13, 2018 at 03:11

    You know, in the States, all we ever hear is bad stuff about Russia. It’s nice to see other (and lovely!) dimensions of such a controversial place.

    • Damien
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      Damien
      April 19, 2018 at 21:54

      It’s the same in the UK which is why I prefer going to see somewhere and making up my own mind. It’s all ‘politics and bullshit’ as I say

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    Mel Butler
    April 12, 2018 at 21:37

    I went to Moscow about 13years for Christmas and went to train stations, so I can see these amazing mosaics and chandeliers. I agree with you that are beautiful Stations for sure and I could of wandered around for days. I think Kievskaya is definitely my favourite out of them all and I even have some similar pictures as you.

    • Damien
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      Damien
      April 19, 2018 at 21:53

      I imagine Moscow would have been a little different 13 years ago but these stations have probably always looked beautiful

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    Food and Footprints
    April 12, 2018 at 16:29

    You chose some great stations for this write up! Beautiful details in these stations and would love to visit them sometime. Particularly like the Komsomolskaya station with that yellow ceiling!

    • Damien
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      Damien
      April 19, 2018 at 21:49

      Thank you very much. Komsomolskaya seems to be a lot of peoples favourite stations too

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    Sumit Surai
    April 12, 2018 at 13:12

    Wow! Without the text I would have thought them to be some museum or gallery.

    • Damien
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      Damien
      April 19, 2018 at 21:48

      I know exactly what you mean!

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    Rosie Fluskey
    April 12, 2018 at 10:17

    Wow, it is just stunning! How does anyone get to work with so much to look at. I’m surprised at the very bourgeois-looking Komsomolskaya station. I would have thought it was all too Tzarist looking, but then I haven’t been to Russia yet lol. This has just made me want to go more!

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    Amy Alton
    April 10, 2018 at 07:53

    Wow, that’s a lot of artwork. I wonder how old some of these pieces are?

    • Damien
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      Damien
      April 11, 2018 at 22:12

      Generally most of the stations are from 1940-1960 approximately. The later stations are more functional than style.

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    Susanne
    April 10, 2018 at 06:55

    My mother-in-law was in Moscow fifty years ago and still raves about the metro stations. So far, I could not imagine much. But now! The pictures are great and I think it’s almost a pity that this splendor is underground. But for every user of the Metro can enjoy a free trip to the world of art.
    Susanne

    • Damien
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      Damien
      April 11, 2018 at 22:11

      True. It is like having a free trip to an art museum/gallery. I hope that you can one day visit Moscow and see for yourself.

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    AMBER
    April 9, 2018 at 12:25

    Oh wow, I would never have known that these were metro stations. The ceilings remind me of how you need to look up sometimes, even in the commuter rush!

    • Damien
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      Damien
      April 11, 2018 at 22:10

      It is true about life in general, we just go from A to B looking directly in front of us instead of around us

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    Candy
    April 8, 2018 at 23:51

    Wow, I would have never guessed that these were stations. The decor is so pretty and not one I’m used to seeing at metro stations. Love the ceiling at The Komsomolskaya metro station.

    • Damien
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      Damien
      April 11, 2018 at 22:09

      They certainly don’t look like metro stations. The ceiling there is one of my favourites too!

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