Do you like art? I mean, do you like to go to museums, art expositions and related places? Or maybe a friend of yours? Ok, now, let’s think in a good place to go and take your friends with you… Hm, this could look unusual, but trust me, you will impress your friends with the top list shown in our today’s post. Today we are going to list Russia’s Top Beautiful Metro Stations.
A Little Bit About Russia’s Metro System
In 1935, still in the Soviet Union the Moscow Metro started. It was built to, not only be good for the Russian people, but to look good, and they really got serious on that. Many stations were designed by the country’s best architects, and have plenty of works of art. You can get inspired, marveled and see the history told on those stations. Let me talk a little bit about numbers of the two of the most known metro systems in Russia: Moscow and Saint Petersburg.
The Moscow Metro started in 1935 with 11 kilometers (6.8 miles) and 13 stations. As in 2015, Moscow Metro is among the longest, with 329 kilometers (204 miles), and busiest of the world, not to mention the actual stations count, 197, which puts it among the largest systems in the world too.
The St. Petersburg Metro could not be among the top 10 largest or busiest, but is one of the deepest metro systems in the world and the deepest by the average depth of all the stations. It’s deepest station, Admiralteyskaya, is 86 meters below ground.
But not only this, with prices ranging from 50 rubles(US$0.75/€0.70), for a single ride ticket, you can start your journey inside any of the most beautiful metro stations in the world.
Top 16 Beautiful Metro Stations in Russia
1 – Botanicheskaya (Botanical), Yekaterinburg – Opened in 2011
The roof design of the Botanicheskaya metro station is based on honeycombs representing the city’s nearby botanical gardens.
2 – Kremlevskaya (Kremlin), Kazan – Opened in 2005
3 – Ploshchad Tukaya, Kazan – Opened in 2005
Ploshchad metro station is located in the very center of the city, and is named after the square which carries the name of the famous Tatar poet Ğabdulla Tuqay Location
4 – Arbatskaya, Moscow – Opened in 1953
With an unusual change from the standard circular design, the Arbatskaya station features low, square pylons faced with red marble and a high vaulted ceiling elaborately decorated with ornamental brackets, floral reliefs, and chandeliers.
5 – Belorusskaya, Moscow – Opened in 1952
The Belorusskaya metro station has low, white marble pylons, an elaborately patterned plaster ceiling, light fixtures supported by ornate scroll-shaped brackets, and a variety of decorations based on Belarusian themes.
6 – Elektrozavodskaya, Moscow – Opened in 1944
Elektrozavodskaya is one of the most known stations of the system. Opened during the World War II, it is one of the iconic symbols of Moscow’s metro system.
7 – Kievskaya, Moscow – Opened in 1954
At Kievskaya station, both the mosaics and the arches between the pylons are edged with elaborate gold-colored trim. At the end of the platform is a portrait of Vladimir Lenin.
8 – Komsomolskaya, Moscow – Opened in 1952
At Komsomolskaya, the platform level, the full details of this deep column station built to special design on a monolithic plan become apparent; there is an imposing Baroque ceiling, with accompanying friezes, painted yellow. Supporting the enlarged barrel vault are 68 octagonal columns faced with white marble, and topped with baroque pilasters.