In my opinion, one of the most beautiful metro stations in Moscow is Arbatskaya (dark blue line). Completed in 1953, the year of Stalin’s death, it was intended to be used as a bomb shelter, if necessary. Look at that bomb shelter! The long 250 meter platform is also very deep - 41 meters underground. The station represents an example of Stalinist baroque style, its opera clothes include white arched ceilings, bronze chandeliers, ceramic bouquets of flowers, red marble decorations, and glazed tiles. Arbatskaya station can boast a unique design. It was not yet time for austerity and criticism of luxury in Soviet architecture. Up to 1955 metro stations were built on the individual projects. They looked like palaces. Later, between 1955 and 1970 mostly functional aspects prevailed.
Before 1955 in one of the escalator vestibules one could see a mosaic portrait of Stalin (sculptor G. Opryshko).
The same place today:
I’ve got a question:
- Olga, can you tell me how to walk from the Metro station to the observation platform?
It’s my pleasure to answer:
1. I recommend to leave subway station “Universitet” by escalator, which is close to the last carriage if you come from the city center.
2. Outside look around. You will find at some distance a spire of the main MSU building. It will help you to orient yourself.
3. Cross the road and go to the left along Lomonosovsky prospect as if to the main building (you can see the spire).
4. Turn right at the first crossing. Very soon the main building will be on your left, go forward, pass the building and turn left.
5. Now you are at the opposite side of the main MSU building. Turn right and keep going in this direction up to the observation platform. If you pass the fountain (does not work in winter ), you are on the right way.
I was asked how to get Park Museon if metro station Park cultury is closed?
It is easy to get there from M. Oktyabrskaya. Look at the map below.
Actually, originally Moscow metro was named after Lazar Kaganovich. They renamed the metro for Lenin in 1955 and it still bears his name.
Forgotten things (Komsomolskaya Metro Station).
In today’s post I’d like to introduce you to a number of facts about Moscow metro. One of the things I find interesting to view is a chronological metro scheme made by Alexey Goncharov. The first metro line in Moscow was put into operation in 1935 and currently Moscow metro system has over 180 stations.
Another interesting scheme executed by A.Goncharov as well is a map of Moscow metro tunnels depth. For a long time I could not get any information related to this topic. Though the depth was countable, e.g. one could count the number of lights along the escalator, I always wanted to know the exact figures. As you can see, the deepest metro station in Moscow Park Pobedy is located at 84 metres beneath the surface.
Park Kultury Metro station (Circle line) will be closed tomorrow for repairs. From Feb. 5 to December trains will pass through it without stopping.
Partizanskaya metro station (the dark blue metro line) was opened during World War II. Originally they were going to call it “Stalin Stadium”. In fact, because of that never built stadium with 120000 sits the station was planned with unusual three tracks and two island platforms intended for crowds of fans. It was completed in 1944 and adorned with statues of heroic partizans: Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya and Matvey Kuzmin who repeated the feat of Ivan Susanin, but was renamed from Izmailovsky park into Partizanskaya only in 2005.