Moscow metro

Moscow metro: timeline and depth

by Olga on February 20, 2011

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.

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Park Kultury Metro station

by Olga on February 4, 2011

Park Kultury Metro station (Circle line) will be closed tomorrow for repairs. From Feb. 5 to December trains will pass through it without stopping.

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Partizanskaya metro station

by Olga on January 20, 2011

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.

Partizanskaya metro station

Partizanskaya metro station

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Exhibition at the metro station

by Olga on January 3, 2011

In my opinion, it was a great idea to organize an exhibition at the metro station Vorobyovy Gory (Sparrow Hills). Passengers received an opportunity to see in rotating showcases right on the platform the wares produced by the leading Russian factories: the Imperial Porcelain Factory from St.Petersburg, Gardner’s and Dulyovo Porcelain Factories as well as Gzhel Association from the Moscow region.

Metro station Vorobyovy Gory

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Moscow metro in 1969

by Olga on December 24, 2010

In this video of Ekaterina Schavrina one can see several metro stations (“Sparrow Hills”, “Frunzenskaya”, “Airport”, and “Mayakovskaya”) .

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Moscow metro

by Olga on December 22, 2010

Do you know that a lot of old Moscow metro stations look like true underground palaces? They are decorated with works of art, marble, mosaics, and sculptures. Some of them have entered into the history of world architecture. No two stations are alike. The best time to go there for a tour when it’s cold or rainy outside. The rush hours are to be avoided, it is always overcrowded between 07:30-10:00 and 17:00-19:30. All the Metro entrances outside are indicated by a red letter M. The fee for one trip is fixed and does not depend on changing the lines. Today it is 26 rubles (less than $1) or cheaper, if to pay for a certain number of trips. Inside there will be  Metro map in each vestibule and each train but the information written in English is not provided on platforms and you may get problems with Russian letters.  If you missed your direction don’t follow the crowd, ask people and  one of the passers-by (may be not the first one) will help you. What I recommend you to do if you are gonna visit it by yourself? You can go around the circular line, the most convenient for not to get lost. Where you start there you finish your trip. The whole journey will take less than one hour. The most gorgeous stations on this line are Novoslobodskaya and Kievskaya. The style of those stations of the 50s can be called the official optimism.

Kievskaya metro station

Kievskaya metro station was built in 1954. It was the first metro station finished after Stalin's death.

Novoslobodskaya metro station

Novoslobodskaya is famous for its stained-glass panels made by Riga masters.

The little blurb used on the metro sounds as: “Careful, the doors are closing (Ostorozhno, dveri zakriyvayutsya). The next station is… (Sleduyuschaya stantsiya…)”.

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