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September 15, 2013

Moscow metro the most wonderful subway system in the world

 Moscow metro the most wonderful subway system in the world 

The Moscow Metro (Russian: Моско́вский метрополите́н, tr. Moskovsky metropoliten, IPA: [mɐˈskofskʲɪj mʲɪtrəpəlʲɪˈtɛn]) is a rapid transit system serving Moscow, Russia and the neighboring Moscow Oblast towns of Krasnogorsk and Reutov. Opened in 1935 with one 11-kilometre (6.8 mi) line and 13 stations, it was the first underground railway system in the Soviet Union. As of 2013, the Moscow Metro has 188 stations and its route length is 313.1 km. The system is mostly underground, with the deepest section 74 meters (243 ft) at the Park Pobedy station. The Moscow Metro is the world's second most heavily used rapid transit system after Seoul Metropolitan Subway. 

The Moscow Metro is a state-owned enterprise.Its total length is 313.1 km (194.6 mi) and consists of 12 lines and 188 stations. The average daily passenger traffic is 7 million. Ridership is highest on weekdays (when the Metro carries over 9 million passengers per day) and lower on weekends. Each line is identified according to an alphanumeric index (usually consisting of a number), a name and a colour. Voice announcements refer to the lines by name. A male voice announces the next station when traveling towards the center of the city, and a female voice when going away from it. On the circle line the clockwise direction has a male announcer for the stations, while the counter-clockwise direction has a female announcer. The lines are also assigned specific colors for maps and signs. Naming by color is frequent in colloquial usage, except for the very similar shades of green assigned to the Kakhovskaya Line (route 11), the Zamoskvoretskaya Line (route 2), the Lyublinsko-Dmitrovskaya Line (route 10) and the Butovskaya Line (route 12).

Having grown up in America at the tail end of the Cold War, I always assumed that Moscow was a dark and dirty city. But, when I visited Moscow last August, I was really blown away with the beauty of the city’s architecture. It’s not that I wasn’t aware of buildings such as Saint Basil’s Cathedral, I just didn’t realize how much grandeur and beauty was present throughout the city.
However, this beauty isn’t just present above ground. Venturing underground, the Moscow Subway System is truly breath-taking. Grandiose chandeliers, fantastically painted murals, and high-marble ceilings were hard to reconcile with images of Russia I had growing up. And it wasn’t just one station that was beautifully decorated, but all of them.
I’ve ridden a lot of subway systems in my life. Some of them, like those in New York, are surprisingly run-down and dingy; others, like Seoul’s, are efficient and modern, but lifeless. Compared to them, the Moscow subway looks like a majestic piece of art. But I suppose that was Stalin’s goal in creating the system: To display the majesty of Socialist Russia.
While the USSR may have faded into the history books, the beauty of their art deco subway stations lives on. Nowhere in the city is the socialist propaganda still more visible than under the city streets Take a look below at some of my favorite pictures from the Moscow subway system.


A mural inside Komsomolskaya Station showing the hard work of the proletariat.

The beautiful roof of Kurskaya Station with the famous USSR star symbol. (Creative Commons: Flickr user: SergeyRod) 


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