moscow metro*

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One of the things that is really notable about Moscow and yet not many people outside Russia know about, is how gorgeous the Moscow metro is.

These photos? That’s what the metro stations look like.

Yeah.

They’re called the “People’s palaces of Moscow” or else “Underground palaces,” and they were built during the Soviet era on the Communist idea that art and beauty should belong to the people rather than only being available in the houses of nobles.

These photos show just some of the metro’s attractions. There are many more mosaics, statues, etc, placed throughout.

And the metro is always this clean.

In addition to being beautiful, it is incredibly functional. It gets you pretty much everywhere in Moscow, and the trains run at intervals of every three minutes or less. At peak times, they run every 90 seconds. You never have to worry about missing a train, because the next one will come almost immediately.

Not always of course. In the late evening or early morning hours, you may have to wait as long as five whole minutes for a train. They’re also super easy to navigate.

We Russians are pretty proud of our metro system.

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Kiyevskaya (Filyovskaya Line) metro station.  It initially opened in 1937 and closed in 1953 when the new Kiyevskaya station, intended to replace it, was completed. Due to a change of plans, however, it reopened after only five years as part of the new Filyovskaya Line. The original architect was Dmitry Chechulin.

 The platform is intricately patterned with Ukrainian designs executed in red, white, and gray granite.

Киевская (Филевская линия). Первоначально была открыта в 1937 году и закрыта в 1953, когда было завершено строительство новой станции Киевская. Из-за изменения планов,вновь открылась через пять лет в рамках новой Филевской линии. Оригинальным архитектором был Дмитрий Чечулин.

Платформа  оформлена в украинском стиле, выполненным в красном, белом и сером гранитах.

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Krasnoselskaya. Construction work on Krasnoselskaya began in spring 1933, and the station opened along with other 9 stations of the line on 15 May 1935. The planned passenger volume at Krasnoselskaya was relatively low, so the station was built with a narrower platform than the other stations of the first line.The station has one row of ten-sided columns, which are faced with red and yellow Crimean marble.

Красносе́льская.Станция строилась открытым способом в связи со сложными горно-геологическими условиями.Станция открыта 15 мая 1935 года в составе первого пускового участка Московского метрополитена. Названа по бывшей местности Красное Село. Проектное название станции — «Гаврикова улица». «Красносельская» — одна из немногих станций, на наземном вестибюле которой сохранилась надпись «МЕТРО». Конструкция станции — колонная двухпролётная мелкого заложения (глубина заложения — 8 метров). Сооружена по специальному проекту из монолитного бетона. На станции один ряд колонн, расположенный по центру платформы, отделанных красным и желтым крымским мрамором.