03:56 GMT +323 May 2018
Listen Live

    Moscow Metro: Architectural Extravagance Hidden Underground

    Get short URL
    • Туристы на станции Комсомольская кольцевой линии Московского метрополитена
    © Sputnik / Evgeny Biyatov
    The very first Moscow Metro line consisting of 13 stations was opened to the public on May 15, 1935. It was one of the USSR’s most ambitious architectural projects.
    Photo: Visitors on tour of Elektrozavodskaya metro station during the Night in Metro event held on December 23, 2017.

    As three stations of the Russian capital’s subway were granted the status of national architectural monuments, let’s take a look at some of the most spectacular "palaces of the people."

    Three stations of the Moscow Metro's Circle Line — Belorusskaya, Kievskaya and Komsomolskaya — were included in the Unified State Register of Cultural Heritage Sites, the official website of Moscow Mayor's reported on January 16. Each station tells a story about the culture and life of the Soviet people, has an individual design and is an important element of the city's heritage.

    When Kievskaya station was built, 40 designers submitted their projects in an open contest. A team from Kiev led by Professor Yevgeny Katonin won the competition, with their design celebrating the 300th anniversary of friendship between Russia and Ukraine. The station was opened in 1954.

    The project of the ground pavilion and the underground platform of Belorusskaya station was developed by architects Ivan Taranov and Nadezhda Bykova. The main theme of the design was the economy and culture of the Belarusian people. Lying 42 meters below the surface, the station was opened for passengers in 1952.

    Komsomolskaya station was built by the architect Alexei Shchusev in 1952. Its interior is decorated with military themed bas-reliefs by Soviet sculptor Georgy Motovilov.

    Moscow Metro, Moscow, Russia
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik
    • Сomment

    More photos

    • Power Blooming: What Flowers Global Leaders Prefer
      Last update: 22:01 22.05.2018
      22:01 22.05.2018

      Power Blooming: What Flowers Global Leaders Prefer

      Although they say that life is no bed of roses, it sometimes seems quite the case for world leaders. While the German media seeks for the "hidden meaning" behind Vladimir Putin giving Angela Merkel a bouquet during their latest meeting, Sputnik presents many of the flowers their counterparts have given each other over the years.

    • Colorful Magic: Carnival of Cultures in Berlin
      Last update: 19:10 21.05.2018
      19:10 21.05.2018

      Colorful Magic: Carnival of Cultures in Berlin

      Members of Berlin's ethnic groups in traditional costumes and dancing to music celebrate the cultural diversity of the carnival, making their cultures visible and available for everybody else.

    • St. Petersburg All Set to Host SPIEF 2018
      Last update: 17:30 21.05.2018
      17:30 21.05.2018

      St. Petersburg All Set to Host SPIEF 2018

      Take a look how the city of Saint Petersburg is preparing to host the SPIEF 2018 due to be attended by business representatives and politicians from around the world, including French President Emmanuel Macron and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

      St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2018
    • Nostalgia: Soviet Pioneers' Day Back in USSR
      Last update: 17:50 20.05.2018
      17:50 20.05.2018

      Nostalgia: Soviet Pioneers' Day Back in USSR

      May 19 marks the 96th anniversary since the founding of the Pioneer movement in the USSR. The day that a person would join the movement was a very important event in every Soviet adolescent's life.