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Underground Architectural Wonder: Moscow Metro Celebrates 85th Anniversary

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The Moscow metro, the busiest in Europe and one of the largest in the whole world, is not simply a means of transportation for Muscovites and visitors to the Russian capital, but is also a unique architectural landmark that tourists should definitely include on their bucket lists.

Inaugurated in May of 1935 with just 13 stations, the Moscow Metro has since expanded outwards and now covers most of the city and its suburban areas as well.

Its rapid trains transport people without delay roughly every two minutes from early morning till late at night.

But what makes the metro truly unique is the combination of various architectural styles of its stations that range from neoclassicism to postmodernism.

Sputnik's team welcomes you to experience the grandeur of the Moscow metro in our photogallery.

 

© SputnikThe history of the metropolitan dates back to 15 May 1935. Back then, there was only one line connecting the Park Kultury and Sokolniki stations.
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The history of the metropolitan dates back to 15 May 1935. Back then, there was only one line connecting the Park Kultury and Sokolniki stations.
© Sputnik / Evgeny OdinokovTourists marvel at the sumptuous interior of the Komsomolskaya station.
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Tourists marvel at the sumptuous interior of the Komsomolskaya station.
© Sputnik / Sergey PyatakovA golden plate with the name of the Kurskaya station inscribed on it.
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A golden plate with the name of the Kurskaya station inscribed on it.
© Sputnik / Natalia Seliverstova"Worker-vigilante" sculpture in front of the Krasnopresnenskaya station.
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"Worker-vigilante" sculpture in front of the Krasnopresnenskaya station.
© Sputnik / Vladimir VyatkinPassengers in a special so-called "Watercolour" train exhibiting artwork.
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Passengers in a special so-called "Watercolour" train exhibiting artwork.
© Sputnik / Ramil SitdikovThe aviation-themed Aviamotornaya station of the Moscow underground.
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The aviation-themed Aviamotornaya station of the Moscow underground.
© Sputnik / Evgeny BiyatovA student rubbing the nose of a dog statue at the Ploshchad Revolyutsii station. This trick is believed to bring luck to students during exams.
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A student rubbing the nose of a dog statue at the Ploshchad Revolyutsii station. This trick is believed to bring luck to students during exams.
© Sputnik / Ramil SitdikovBusy escalators of the Park Kultury station.
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Busy escalators of the Park Kultury station.
© Sputnik / Kirill Kallinikov / Go to the photo bankA train operator at work. The view from inside the cabin.
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A train operator at work. The view from inside the cabin.
© SputnikThe Mayakovskaya station during the WWII. The station served as a bomb shelter for Muscovites.
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The Mayakovskaya station during the WWII. The station served as a bomb shelter for Muscovites.
© Sputnik / P. Minev / Go to the photo bankPassengers reading books and newspapers while on a train, 1964.
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Passengers reading books and newspapers while on a train, 1964.
© Sputnik / Evgeny Biyatov / Go to the photo bankA tunnel shield in the dismantling chamber during the construction of the new Nizhnyaya Maslovka station.
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A tunnel shield in the dismantling chamber during the construction of the new Nizhnyaya Maslovka station.
© Sputnik / Evgenyi Samarin / Go to the photo bankConstruction of the Fonvizinskaya station.
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Construction of the Fonvizinskaya station.
© Sputnik / Kirill KallinikovThe picturesque "Watercolours" train. It was first launch in 2007 to celebrate the Children's Day.
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The picturesque "Watercolours" train. It was first launch in 2007 to celebrate the Children's Day.
© Sputnik / Evgeniia Novozhenina / Go to the photo bankState Wind Orchestra of Russia performing at the Kurskaya station.
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State Wind Orchestra of Russia performing at the Kurskaya station.
© Sputnik / Anton Denisov / Go to the photo bankMoscow Fashion Week 2019 show at the Delovoy Tsentr station.
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Moscow Fashion Week 2019 show at the Delovoy Tsentr station.
© Sputnik / Evgeniy Odinokov / Go to the photo bankPassengers passing the ticket gates at the Oktyabrskoye Pole station.
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Passengers passing the ticket gates at the Oktyabrskoye Pole station.
© Sputnik / Maksim Blinov / Go to the photo bankThe Troika card - a transit pass allowing for multiple travel both in the metro as well as overland public transport.
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The Troika card - a transit pass allowing for multiple travel both in the metro as well as overland public transport.
© Sputnik / Alekseiy Kudenko / Go to the photo bankThe construction of the Kommunarka station.
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The construction of the Kommunarka station.
© Sputnik / Evgeniia Novozhenina / Go to the photo bank1/2 Orchestra band performing at the Mayakovskaya station.
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1/2 Orchestra band performing at the Mayakovskaya station.
© Sputnik / Ekaterina Chesnokova / Go to the photo bankA football freestyling workshop in the Moscow metro.
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A football freestyling workshop in the Moscow metro.
© Sputnik / Vladimir Viatkin / Go to the photo bankA mural dedicated to the victory of the Soviet Union in the Great Patriotic War, the Park Pobedy station.
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A mural dedicated to the victory of the Soviet Union in the Great Patriotic War, the Park Pobedy station.
© Photo : Moscow MetroStained glass panels at the Novoslobodskaya station.
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Stained glass panels at the Novoslobodskaya station.
© Sputnik / Vladimir Astapkovich / Go to the photo bankThe big red M letter - the logo of the Moscow metro.
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The big red M letter - the logo of the Moscow metro.
© Sputnik / Alekseiy Mayshev / Go to the photo bank"Nutcracker" ice show at the Delovoy Tsentr station.
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"Nutcracker" ice show at the Delovoy Tsentr station.
© Sputnik / Alekseiy Philippov / Go to the photo bankThe interior of a Christmas-style train car.
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The interior of a Christmas-style train car.
© Sputnik / Mihail Voskresenskiy / Go to the photo bankDisinfection measures at the Kievskaya station during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Disinfection measures at the Kievskaya station during the coronavirus pandemic.
© Sputnik / Vladimir AstapkovichDuty officer at the Mayakovskaya station.
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Duty officer at the Mayakovskaya station.
© Photo : Press Service of Moscow Metro A train operator of the Moscow metro.
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A train operator of the Moscow metro.
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