The Moscow Metro is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful underground transit systems in the world. When the city’s first metro stations were inaugurated in 1935, Stalin wanted them to be “palaces for the people.” Today, they provide visual evidence of almost a century’s worth of architectural, political and intellectual development.

So let us descend into Moscow’s underground and see some particularly remarkable ones.

Mayakovskaya (1938)

Flanked by Art Deco steel columns, Mayakovskaya displays the famous mosaic ensemble “24-hour Soviet Sky” by Alexander Deineka. During WWII, it functioned as the city’s main bomb shelter. The Council of Ministers even set up their offices on the platform and Stalin gave public speeches on several occasions.

Sokol (1938) Another stunning station that was used as an air-raid shelter during the Siege of Moscow. Women and children often slept in train carriages parked next to the platforms.

Next stop: Elektrozavodskaya (1944) When you see the images, it will come as no surprise to you that the station was named after a nearby light bulb factory...

Park Pobedy (2003) At a depth of 84 meters, it is Moscow’s deepest metro station and one of the deepest in the world. When you stand at the bottom of the station‘s escalator, you can’t see the top.

Slavyansky Bulvar (2008) A modern art nouveau jewel with green Cuban marble, beech benches and street lamps.

Dostoevskaya (2010) A metro station for the bibliophiles.

“To go wrong in one’s own way is better than to go right in someone else’s.”

Fyodor Dostoevsky

The station features murals by Ivan Nikolayev depicting scenes from the writer’s most famous novels. Those sombre motifs sparked a controversy before the opening, but in the end the art work remained unchanged.

Troparyovo (2014)

Being one of the latest additions to the network, this station features a “glass garden” inspired by nearby Troparyovsky Park.

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