weekend walks: moscow’s metro stations

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Although we were on the metro to get to the different stations, our weekend walk is taking you through some of Moscow’s most decorative metro stations.

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Each one of the Metro stations is unique and grand in their own way, we just didn’t know where to look! There are statues, there are ornate ceilings, there are mosaic artworks, there are fancy light fixtures – Stalin’s vision of brilliance and radiance certainly was fulfilled! Each of the artwork represents different elements of the Soviet Union’s past.

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The underground system opened in 1935. And really is an attraction in itself and worth witnessing. It left us in so much awe and gobsmacked!

The metro system is so efficient with trains arriving every minute (or so) during peak hour.  Its cleanliness is also noticeable. There is no graffiti or rubbish anywhere! It certainly highlights that our train system in Sydney has room for improvement. Not that we are asking for marble or stain-glassed walls on the train platforms – just punctual and frequent trains 🙂

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47 thoughts on “weekend walks: moscow’s metro stations

    Amy said:
    July 19, 2014 at 6:15 am

    Magnificent Moscow metro!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      July 19, 2014 at 6:17 am

      Oh, isn’t it just?! We had to pick our jaws off the ground when we first laid eyes on it 🙂

        Amy said:
        July 19, 2014 at 6:21 am

        Glad you did 🙂 Great shots!

    Ayla said:
    July 16, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Sooooo much prettier than the London Underground!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      July 17, 2014 at 1:16 am

      So much prettier than many undergrounds around the world, we are sure 🙂

    MiaMusings said:
    July 16, 2014 at 2:12 am

    Just heard about the Moscow metro de-railment. Hope you guys are ok

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      July 16, 2014 at 2:16 am

      Thank you Mia for your concern! We were on our way to St Petersburg when that happened. In a little shock by it… Especially as we only were there 2 days ago! We appreciate your message 🙂

        MiaMusings said:
        July 16, 2014 at 2:25 am

        Oh glad to know all is well. I can imagine the shock. But hopefully it wont ruin the rest of your holiday. Have a great time in st Petersburg

    thegrownupgapyear said:
    July 16, 2014 at 12:54 am

    Wow, this is so much more impressive than the London Underground! Lovely pics, thanks for sharing:)

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      July 16, 2014 at 2:13 am

      We think possibly more impressive than any metro or underground anywhere 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the pictures!

    kayrpea61 said:
    July 15, 2014 at 11:04 am

    I can’t wait to see St Petersburg, as I believe its Metro is pretty flash too. As for Sydney, we do have some nice new trains, if you are lucky enough to catch them.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      July 15, 2014 at 11:04 pm

      Hi Ken, Yes the trains may be flash in Sydney but they can be unreliable and also the train stations are nothing like these 🙂
      Hope you are well!!

    Jessi said:
    July 15, 2014 at 1:25 am

    Great photos!

    Lauren (English Wife, Indian Life) said:
    July 14, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    WOOOOOOOOOOOW!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE these photos! Thank you so much for sharing!!!! WOW! xxx

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      July 14, 2014 at 10:16 pm

      Hiya Lauren, so glad you loved this post 🙂 Haven’t ever seen metro stations like this so an experience worth remembering!
      Hope you guys are well 🙂

    Packing my Suitcase said:
    July 14, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Wow, there are really gorgeous metro stations!! Never seen anything like it before 😀

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      July 14, 2014 at 10:13 pm

      Likewise – we were just so wide-eyed! There is so much to see at every station too as every piece of artwork or pillar or stain glass is different (or so it seemed). We were simply impressed!
      Thanks for reading 🙂

        Packing my Suitcase said:
        July 15, 2014 at 2:04 am

        I can imagine!!! It looks amazing! Hope you guys enjoy a lot your trip in Europe 😀

          wisemonkeysabroad responded:
          July 15, 2014 at 2:10 am

          Thank you, Allane 🙂

            Packing my Suitcase said:
            July 15, 2014 at 2:11 am

            😀 anytime

    the eternal traveller said:
    July 14, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    These are the fanciest train stations I’ve ever seen. Certainly worth travelling to the other side of the world to see.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      July 14, 2014 at 10:12 pm

      Oh – absolutely! They are so magnificent. Makes us wonder what other gems we will get to see here in Russia. It is such a beautiful country and the lovely weather is certainly keeping our spirits up 🙂

    Mabel Kwong said:
    July 14, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Moscow’s train station looks like a museum. Wow….so clean too. Melbourne’s train stations have a long way to go too – late trains, black platforms, dark lighting…. I remember visiting a few years back and thought your train network was more punctual. Hope you’re enjoying your travels 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      July 14, 2014 at 10:09 pm

      Hi Mabel! Sydney’s may be better than Melbourne’s but is nothing compared to what we see here! It is like an underground museum/art gallery – just simply in awe by the sight of them! Thanks for stopping by!

    MiaMusings said:
    July 14, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    OMG these metro stations look like classy hotel lobbies!!! Makes me wonder how grand the grandest hotel in Moscow would be!!!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      July 14, 2014 at 10:03 pm

      That is a very good point, Mia. They certainly do look classy and the only way one would know that it was a metro station is from the constant rumbling of the trains coming and going. 🙂 They seriously are grand!

    wrightsolution said:
    July 14, 2014 at 11:33 am

    I had no idea and had never heard of the level of service/grandeur of the Moscow metro. Very interesting. I’m not surprised to learn that they invested it looking grande, but very surprised and impressed that everything runs so well. I miss being in a city that has public transportation. Its a high priority for our next posting. Happy travels. Caroline.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      July 14, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      The efficiency was extremely impressive 🙂 It was such a treat to experience the entire thing! Thanks Caroline for stopping on by!

    Linda Arthur Tejera said:
    July 14, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Wow! I mean, just WOW! 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      July 14, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      Linda, you are spot on! That is one word to describe it 🙂

    Just Another Nature Enthusiast said:
    July 14, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Unbelievable!! More like an art gallery than a transit system. I am totally awestruck. So glad you took that walk and could share it. Excellent photos.
    Jane

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      July 14, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      Thanks Jane! It is worth a visit if you are ever heading in this direction 🙂

        Just Another Nature Enthusiast said:
        July 14, 2014 at 5:13 pm

        Wouldn’t that be wonderful.
        The closest I’ve come… is a Matryoshka doll collection. I have over 80 different sets! If you see some on your travels, perhaps you could include a photo in one of your posts 😉
        Jane

          wisemonkeysabroad responded:
          July 14, 2014 at 10:06 pm

          Oh we have seen SOOOO many!! We will put one amazing set we saw on Instagram in a little while and will tag you 🙂 The next best thing we could also do for you is to send you a postcard if we find one that has them on it! Please send us your postal address to wisemonkeysabroad@gmail.com if you are interested (and we will see what we can do) 🙂

            Just Another Nature Enthusiast said:
            July 15, 2014 at 2:58 am

            You are so kind! With your busy travels, the Instagram “postcard” will be just fine.
            Thank you so much. Continue enjoying your amazing travels.
            ❤ Jane

    katpegimana said:
    July 14, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Wow, beautiful…

    worldjourneysdiscover said:
    July 14, 2014 at 7:56 am

    agreed – ST P has similar stations. You know you’re not strictly allowed to photograph them right? 😛 great grab s though, it’s certainly an amazing feature. to think they were originally bomb shelters! Thanks for sharing!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      July 14, 2014 at 8:22 am

      Hmmm.. Really?? Their website says only photographing on stationery equipment requires permission. Amateur photography (which is the category we fall into) is not prohibited!
      Maybe things have changed??
      Anyway, thanks for the comment!

    Marie said:
    July 14, 2014 at 7:42 am

    Incredible. You are right. Worth a visit on their own.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      July 14, 2014 at 8:14 am

      Thanks Marie for your comment 🙂 We’ve seen lots of pictures but to see it with our own eyes, really brought it home for us the scale of it all!

    CrazyChineseFamily said:
    July 14, 2014 at 6:57 am

    In Russia are many very beautiful metro stations. St. Petersburg has many great ones as well 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      July 14, 2014 at 7:00 am

      Will be sure to try and check them out when we are in St Petersburg 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by!

        Louise said:
        July 14, 2014 at 7:45 pm

        Hooray – you’re in Europe! And have made it to Moscow. I’m very excited for you.
        Your photos bring back great memories. I looooooved the metro system of Moscow & St Petersburg.
        Lookig forward to your continuing updates.

          wisemonkeysabroad responded:
          July 14, 2014 at 10:10 pm

          Thanks Louise! We have LOVED our time in Moscow – moving onto St Petersburg tomorrow 🙂
          Hope you are well!

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