MOSCOW TOURISM #3 METRO as a tourist attraction, the most beautiful stations

Few metropolises can boast that their Metro is an important tourist attraction. Moscow does it and rightly so. The Moscow Metro has more than 40 stations that have all been declared Cultural Heritage of Russia. We have selected 7 of the most beautiful and curious stations of the Moscow Metro. Come with us to explore it. Oh, don’t forget to visit when you are looking for more practical information for your trip. Prospekt Mira station. Circle line. The station of the Peace Avenue, in Russian Prospekt Mira. We have chosen it as the beginning of our tour because of the majesty of both its entrance and its hallways, with thick marble-covered columns. It was opened to the public in 1952. Dostoevskaya station. Light green line. Dostoyevsky station is located near the Apartment Museum of this great universal writer, born in Moscow. The great murals of this station represent scenes from some of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s most popular novels: “Crime and Punishment”, “Demons”, “The Brothers Karamazov” and “The Idiot”. Opened in 2010, it is the youngest station of our selection. Novoslobodskaya station. Circle line. The New Village station, in Russian, Novoslobódskaya, opened in 1952, was designed by Alexander Strelkov and Alexey Dushkin. Six of its many stained glass windows show medallions with different university professions. It has a large mural mosaic, by Pavel Korin, entitled “Peace Throughout the World”. Initially, Stalin also appeared in that mural, but his image was suppressed in the process of eliminating Stalin’s personality cult, which began after his death. Komsomolskaya station. Circle line. Its name refers to the square under which is located, the Komsomol Square, that is, the name of the former youth organization of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. The Moscow Metro is sometimes called the “People’s Palace” for stations like this, with its palatial hallways, with its ceiling decorated by 8 large mosaics whose artistic theme is the struggle of the Russian people for their independence throughout history, from the thirteenth century to the World War II, or as we the Russians say, the Great Patriotic War. Ploshchad Relolyutsii station. Dark blue line. The station gives access to the Red Square. Its name translated into English is “Revolution Square”. Its artistic decoration shows different stages of the creation of “Land of the Soviets”, with 76 bronze statues, arranged chronologically from the events of October 1917 until the year of its opening 1938. It is another of the stations designed by the famous architect Dushkin, although the idea of ​​installing full-size sculptures was by the sculptor Manizer and did not match the initial project. Notice how they are embedded in the limited vaulted volume of the arches. Mayakovskaya station. Green line. Mayakovskaya is named after the famous Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky. Designed also by the architect Alexey Dushkin, it was opened in 1938. The Mayakovskaya station is an excellent example of the Art Deco style in Russia, its columns and arches have an aerodynamic appearance, it has 34 zenith mosaics. Kiyevskaya station. Circle line. Opened in 1954, its name, Kiyevskaya, refers to Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, both for its proximity to the Moscow railway station to Kiev, and for the theme of its decoration, which marks the third centenary of the Russian-Ukrainian unification, after the Russian-Polish war in which the Tsardom of Russia allied with the Ukrainian Cossacks, submitted at that time to the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Kiyevskaya station. Dark blue line. The Kiyevskaya station corresponding to the dark blue line was opened in 1953, that is one year before its homonymous station of the circular line. As we have seen, the Moscow Metro is not only a very efficient public transport system, but also a means of propaganda of Soviet power that conceived it and, Why not? a place of artistic enjoyment. The Moscow Metro has much more to offer, if you are interested in getting to know it better, visit Cicerone Plus .com

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