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Both St Petersburg and Moscow are beautiful. Remarkably beautiful. They are gorgeous! As I mentioned somewhere else, though, these cities, unlike Western European cities, were really designed in inhumane scale aka gigantic scale, a very common style adopted by great (authoritarian) rulers who wanted to make ‘people’ feel small.
Russia really impresses me. The people, food, architecture…. One thing that impress me most is their Metro system. Not only it’s remarkably efficient and well designed, it’s architecture is also impressive, especially the Moscow one.
The Moscow metro system is not only very heavily used but also, by far, the most elegant one. It carries more than 8 million passengers every day. This metro system was first envisioned during the reign of Nicolas II, in 1902, when London and New York had already had working subway systems. The civil unrest of 1905 and the revolution in 1917, however, delayed the plans. Stalin revived the metro plans during his rule and deemed them “the People’s palaces”. The system was opened in 1935 with the first line of Sokolnicheskaya and was tunneled by forced labors. Most of stations built during Stalin’s rule featured Social Realism themes. They featured elegant designs with rich marble interiors.
Today there are 11 lines and close to 170 stations. It’s among the busiest in the world, and open from about 5:30 until 1:00. During peak hours, trains run roughly every 90 seconds on most lines and at other times they run about every two to three and a half minutes. So, you don’t really need timetable, as trains are so frequent. Literally, you don’t have to wait for more than about one minute to get on the train.
As I had no more capacity nor ability to walk, today I just hopped from one train to another, to take hundreds pictures of some metro stations. This is not only a cheap type of tour (only cost 19 rub ~ $0.80, but also a very fascinating exploration.
Please enjoy my collage of those pics. You can follow the architectural tour of Moscow Metro from my eyes 🙂
For pictures with better resolution — check out this slideshow.