Highly recommend to visit an excellent exhibition “Moscow Metro. Subterranean Monument” at Schusev museum of architecture (Moscow, Vozdvizhenka str., 5/25, 17 March – 17 July 2016). It represents the Moscow metro as a unique achievement of architecture and art in the variety of projects embodied and unrealized.
Metro station project “Novoslobodskaya”, 1950
Question from Michelle:
Olga, if you would be kind to answer my question, I will be arriving via Domedovo (Moscow ) airport heading towards Kremlin and Im planning to take the aeroroport express train. Please guide me how.
1. Take the aeroexpress from Domodedovo airport to Paveletsky railway terminal.
2. When you arrive to Moscow almost all the people from aeroexpress will go in the same direction – to the metro, just follow them. The entrance to the metro station Paveletskaya (radial, green line) is located in the train terminal.
Question: I will be staying in St Petersburg and wish to visit Moscow for the day. Which train station will I arrive at in Moscow and how far [if walking distance] to the Red Square / tourist attractions. I have been looking online but am getting confused as I think there is more than one main train station in Moscow.
John: I need to get to Northern River Boat Station Leningradsky Prospekt, Khimki . What is the travel time difference if I come into Domodedovo International Airport or into Sheremetyevo International Airport ?
Sheremetyevo is preferable. By taxi it will take not more than 30-40 min. There are dispatchers at the airport. Negotiate a fixed fare before you board the taxi. Besides, you can take a bus #851 (or minibus #949) to the Metro station Rechnoy vokzal. How to get from the metro to Boat Station is described here:
This post will explain you how to get from the Moscow Kremlin to the Kievsky terminal or precisely to Vnukovo (VKO) aeroexpress terminal.
Let us start from the Russian state library. We have seen the Kremlin museums, from the central part of Alexander gardens entered the underpass, passed it to the end and once outside looked at F. Dostoevsky monument on the left. Now, please, follow my arrows.
We need to enter the metro station Arbatskaya.
I was asked by Sophie:
Olga, the Viking cruise will be docked at the Moscow Northern River Boat Station, Leningradsky Prospekt, Khimki. Do you know how long will it take to get to the Armory if we take the subway? We heard there is a subway, but not sure where it is. Will appreciate any help you can give us.
It will take you about 20 minutes walk from the pier to the metro station Rechnoy vokzal and 25 minutes by the green metro line to the station Teatralnaya, which is located in the city centre.
Your route from the river boat terminal to the metro station Rechnoy vokzal:
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.
Chekhovskaya metro station (August, 2011)
Chekhovskaya metro station (March, 2012)
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).