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cotton_foam cotton_f…
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a little guide, a few tips and personal recommendation on what to not miss Apr 02, 2016
Moscow’s subway system is not just a metro station but an attraction in itself. It is odd though why would even a Soviet government spend millions of RUB (or billions) to build a subway system in that a vestibule simulates a grand ballroom or an art museum. Why didn’t they create some simple train stops instead? It is only a hub for subway train commuters right! Well, not to the (then) Socialists of this country! The ordinary citizens of this largest country are the sole purpose why did the Soviet leaders and their men build such a grandiose metro stations. Perhaps he wanted the people to have a little taste of how it is to be inside a palace. And the way these stations put together resembles the grand palaces of the tsars of Russia (i.e., the Komsolskaya station.) Or how about a tribute to the common laborers or peasants as almost all the motif are "Soviet-inspired."

Despite my skepticisms, I must admit that I am very much fascinated by the metro stations of the mother city of ancient Russia. A trip to Moscow is incomplete without paying a visit to some of the loveliest and deepest underground train stations in the world. However, metro stations in Moscow don’t have signs and instructions in English. That can be stressful if you cannot read the Cyrillic letters, and you may end up being frustrated instead of enjoying the beautiful Metro stations. I’d like to share a few tips I found helpful in navigating Moscow's “palaces of the people."

Whether or not you can read Russian words, a DIY subway tour is attainable. A true traveler is not ruled by fear. Just do your homework. Do some research online. Decide which metro stations you wish to visit and just focus on those when you make your itinerary. I assure you, a guided tour is not necessary to unveil some otherworldly (socialist-themed) artworks before your eyes.

Get acquainted of the metro map ahead of time or before your trip. Learn to read the name of the stations in Cyrillic script, at least the stations you intend to visit.

Print some copies of the metro maps; one map for English, one for Russian and a bilingual map. And when you are already hopping in/out just simply identify the words on the map sheet with the names on the signage. There are available printable versions of these maps online.

There are tour companies that offer their services for a Metro trip, but why booked when you can do it your own. However, if you opt to free up yourself from the hassles of DIY tour then by all means, avail it. Tour guides (who may not even be licensed) would charge US$35.00 per hour for their services and will only show less than five metro stations.

Remember to buy your tickets before entering the subway. Ticketing booth and cashiers are present at every metro station. You may purchase a single fare or the “90-minute” ticket for two rides valid for five days, and it costs RUB50.00 per ticket.

Another factor to remember when doing this tour is that it can be a bit exhausting even though you are only hopping in/off the trains and taking pictures. That is probably because gazillions of people jam-packed the metro stations. Waiting for a time when fewer individuals in the metro are next to impossible. Hey, nine million inhabitants use the Moscow Metro every day!

Every fancy chandelier, the wall adornment, the marble post, bronze carving, art installation – all of these will mesmerize you. Each station has its motif, unique character, and a sentimental value or meaning to the Russians. Let me share some of my favorites.

Arbatskaya/Арбатская (MUST) Take note of the floor, the high vaulted ceilings elaborately decorated with ornamental brackets, floral reliefs, and chandeliers. This metro station is large; the platform is 250 meters long. The former station was damaged by a German bomb in WWII but rebuilt deeper to use it a hiding place just in case a nuclear bomb hits the city. (Paranoid Russians, but it could be true!)

Semenovskaya Station/Семёновская (MUST) Very photogenic especially the details in the plaque at the end of the platform. Mounted on the outer greenish/grayish marble walls are carved out plaque of Soviet weapons like sniper rifles. Obviously, this station is a war-themed. The ceiling is also decorated with floret carvings and machine guns (what a contrast!)

Elektroskaya Station/Электрозаводская (MUST) - named after a bulb factory just a few steps away from this subway station thus the motif of circular blazing 318 in total inset lamps. Notice the twelve marble wall artwork on the pylons of the platform and central hall. Take a look at the sparkling red marble in the interior of the vestibule.

Ploschad Revolyutsii/Площадь Революции – (MUST) - look for the bronze sculptures of a dog that accompanies a guard man, a rooster accompanies a woman and a girl reading a book. People believed to bring good luck if you rub the dog's nose.

Komsomolskaya/Комсомо́льская (MUST) - the yellow metro "ballroom!" The immense octagonal dome is topped by a cupola, crowned by a massive star and has an imposing full-height portico with Corinthian columns made of marble. Inside, are Baroque-style ornaments and chandeliers. Admire the mosaic artwork that of Vladimir Lenin addressing a meeting in Red Square and of a maiden (symbolizing Mother Russia.) The latter collection is made of more than 300, 000 tiny chip tiles that weighs more than three tons!

Kievskaya/Киевская (MUST) - features a little, flat pylons faced with white marble and surmounted by large mosaics showcasing the Russian and Ukrainian solidarity. The mosaic arts and arches between the pylons edged with gold-color enhance the appearance of this dark metro alley.

Park Kultury/Парк культу́ры (MUST) - notice the large and imposing towers faced with gray marble. The floor is laid in with black and gray granite that looks like a carpet design. The walls are of white marble. Adorned with 26 round bas-reliefs that illustrate the youth and their social life involvement is what make this metro station unique. My favorite here is the girl in her ballet dance outfit. On the ceiling are intricate geometric patterns and hexagonal shape chandeliers suspended from the ceiling. At the end of the station is a large marble wall with a small profile bas-relief of a man with this initials A.M. Gor or some name.

Oktyabrskaya/Октя́брьская (MUST) - this bright gray marble walls and ceilings exudes a neat appearance. Although the decorative medallions are of Soviet military soldiers, it doesn't give an intimidating look because of the surrounding florets and bows to the bas-reliefs. Also, the outside walls are ceramics designed with gilded wreaths and stars, which I think are very pretty. Notice a blue-lit metallic gate and arch at the end of the hall; of which, a symbol for peace. The vestibule that contained some significant size bas-reliefs of trumpeters reminds me of a certain religious icon.

Paveletskaya/Павелецкая – (MUST) - the station is a pylon-tri vault built in the Stalinist style architecture. The decorated marble columns flanked with red marble strip and modern Ionic look elegant and prestigious. The walls repeat the two tone ivory, white on top, red on the bottom.

Taganskaya Metro Station/Таганская (MUST) - the overall design is traditional Russian -- very gaudy. The central feature of the station is the 48 maiolica panels located on each face of the pylon. The depictions are profiles of various WW II military branch of service. Although dedicated to a male group, the design, color, floral ornaments and paintings used here is very girly or feminine! I think Taganskaya MS is what I like most!

Well, I hope this page is helpful. And I also hope I inspired you to pay a visit to the metro stations when heading up to Moscow. ~
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halilee says:
Congrats on your featured review!! And thanks for all the wonderful tips! I'll definitely have to remember this for when we go there in September! :D In fact, I might just print it off lol :)
Posted on: May 18, 2016
Jacqinmiddenamerika says:
Congrats on your featured review!! :D
Posted on: May 18, 2016
monkeymia79 says:
Your photos are beautiful May, the train stations really are works of art.

Congratulations on your featured review.
Posted on: May 17, 2016
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JasperO JasperO
51 reviews
Wonderful Mar 26, 2013
The metro of moscow is a big network which consist of 12 lines. The stations at these lines are very nice decorated. You can find different kind of arts in the stations, like:

- mosaic

- paintings

- statues

- other decorations, etc

It is also possible to book a guided tour through the metro station network. The guide will tell you the different stories about the different stations. With this tour you will switch from station to station (approximately 1 or 2 stations each time). The guide will also explain the different stories about the different statues, paintings and mosaic.

In May 2012 we were with a group of students in Moscow and booked a metro tour. In one of the station the guide told that when you touch the statue with the dog, you will pass all your coming exams. So we all touched the statue ;)
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One of the statues in the Moscow m…
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Jigg says:
Ah, that's too bad :)
Posted on: Mar 26, 2013
JasperO says:
No unfortunately not :P
Posted on: Mar 26, 2013
Jigg says:
So did you pass all of the exams after touching the statue? :)
Posted on: Mar 26, 2013
Johnpro Johnpro
208 reviews
Museum Metto stations ... Apr 14, 2012
One from the oldest metro all over the world !

It was very deep and some times feel dizzy when try to get down with electric ladder .

Personally I saw a lot of station from inside and outside and most of them was like a small museum !

Also was very clean , and speaking for the stations because the metro wasn't so clear ! I had also a bad experience with a wagon about vomit but can be happen everywhere in any metro !

Anyway they had really great decoration and really great painting and many other things in the stations !

The only tough thing is to read the letters for the next stop or to find your directions ! Personally ask peoples and count the stops :)

Of course I recommended and it is a must to do if you visit Moscow !

I upload some pictures from inside and outside the Metro stations .
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cotton_foam says:
Is it true, John that picture taking in the Metro Station is highly prohibited?! Your photos are very sharp takes, so, I am assuming that these are sneak photos...
Posted on: Oct 10, 2015
Ils1976 says:
I just love the subway ... the memories I've got from the one's in Russia still gives me a smile on my face.
Posted on: Oct 21, 2012
wiener_bua wiener_b…
4 reviews
Names of the stations Jun 15, 2011
It could be very difficult to take the Metro in Moscow - even if you know the cyrillic alphabet.

A lot of stations have two (or more) names depending on the lines.

Moreover pay attention to pickpockets.
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Mixal Mixal
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Moscow metro Sep 26, 2011
Unlike the previous reviewers, I am familiar with Cyrillic Alphabet so it was pretty easy for me. However, you should have a large map so that you can clearly see the names and positions of stations which have a couple of tracks.

Stations are nice, metro is quick and efficient, everything is surprisingly clean and I never felt unsafe, even when I was catching the last metro and there was basically no one there. But most of the time you have many policemen and other officers on each station. My favourite stations were Komsomolskaya and Prospekt Mira. They look like palaces!

Don't try to enter without payment if you see the police officers! I did it a couple of times and they stopped some people, but luckily I was not one of them. Metro could definitely be a bit cheaper, but you may get into unnecessary trouble… Your choice :)
Komsomolskaya
Prospekt Mira
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Liselore_Verschuren Liselore…
252 reviews
It's a different ballgame! Aug 07, 2007
The metro stations of Moscow are famous throughout the world because their halls and platforms look like underground palaces with chandeliers, statues and mosaics. Most guidebooks show a list of the nicest stations, but be aware: no matter how much metro-experience you have, riding the metro in Moscow is a different ballgame!

First of all, it would come in VERY handy if you have a map that shows the names of the stations in both Roman and Cyrillic signs. The signs in the stations are only in Cyrillic and if you have a map that only shows the names in Roman signs, you’ll have quite an ordeal in puzzling. Second of all, all other signs in stations, names of metro lines, directions to different platforms, announcements are also only in Cyrillic.

Therefore, if you want to see a couple of stations, don’t expect you can do this in only an hour. You need patience and time and don’t expect the locals to help.

I visited the stations Plosjtsjad Revoljoetsii, Majakovskaja, Beloroesskaja and Kievskaja and they were all lovely.
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Metro station Majakovskaja (Mosco…
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Nedyah says:
Agreed - I was so lost with all these Cyrillic signs. Locals however were mostly helpful.
Posted on: Sep 28, 2011

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