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  • Writer's pictureJuan Aponte

The Moscow Metro: A Museum of Russian History

Updated: Nov 4, 2021

The Moscow Metro is one of the busiest and has some of the most beautiful stations in the world. It opened in 1935 with just 11 stations and now consists of 12 lines with 214 stations, averaging about 7 million passengers a day. The metro stations are all extraordinary; adorned with murals, statues, mosaics, marble walls, and chandeliers. I spent one day exploring the metro system(starting from Arbatskaya station) and below are several metro stations you must visit while in Moscow:

*Make sure to download the app "Yandex.Metro", where you can find routes to your destination on the Moscow Metro.*

**Below are screenshots from the app mapping my route to each station**

Kiyevskaya Station:

It opened in 1953 and features the friendship between Ukraine and Russia. It’s covered with mosaics depicting life in Ukraine. At the end of the platform, a giant mural commemorates the 300th anniversary of the reunification of Russia and Ukraine.

CSKA Station:

It opened in 2018 and the platform has numerous statues and murals representing the CSKA Moscow sports club. The VEB Arena and Aviapark Mall are nearby.

Mayakovskaya Station:

It opened in 1938 and is a prime example of the Stalinist architecture. It’s one of the most famous metro stations in the world showcasing 34 ceiling mosaics depicting the “24 Hours in the Land of the Soviets”.

Plochchad Revolyutsii Station:

It opened in 1938 and it's considered one of the most popular stations of the Moscow Metro. The station is famous for its socialist style statues, 76 throughout the platform. The favored one is the border guard with a dog, believed to bring good luck if you rub the dog’s nose.

Baumanskaya Station:

It opened in 1944 and it’s the 2nd busiest station of the Moscow Metro. There are bronze sculptures throughout the platform of Russian soldiers and workers of the home front during World War II. At the end of the platform is a mosaic portrait of Vladimir Lenin.

Elektrozavodskaya Station:

It opened in 1944 and features 6 rows of circular incandescent lamps which total 318. The station was named after the electric light bulb factory nearby. The pillars are covered with 12 marble reliefs on the pylons portraying labor workers, transport workers, and farmers during WW2.

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