Moscow is a world famous capital, one of the most visited cities in the world as well as one of the most beautiful. It combines the heritage of its Soviet past, historical beauty from the tsarist period and magnificence of modern design in style and architecture. It is one of those cities that should be on your bucket list – or at least on your list of destinations for 2017.
Today we decided to pay special attention to the Moscow metro system, which is not just one of the main means of transportation around the Russian capital, but a separate attraction, very popular among tourists from around the world. Nowadays it is more an art deco design project than transportation hub. Of course, it ferries around 9 million people a day (fourth behind such big cities as Tokyo, Seoul, and Beijing in terms of daily riders). The main draw of the metro is the unusual and very beautiful interior design of the stations. They have nothing in common with the usual stereotypes associated with metro systems: dirty, uncomfortable, and dark.
Here, in the capital of Russia, the metro is designed so that the walls, the ceiling and even the floor of each station have a unique decoration.
In fact, the Moscow metro is considered to be one of the most beautiful ones in the entire world. It goes back to the 1930s, when the metro was one of the more eccentric Soviet architectural projects. It was Stalin who made an order to make each metro station in a unique style so that they would embody svet (radiance or brilliance) and svetloe budushchee (a radiant future). The designs made by Soviet artists were intended to reflect the glory of the USSR, its power and cultural heritage.
One of the most famous metro stations is Mayakovskaya Metro Station, built in 1938. It was originally decorated and designed with the inspiration of a Soviet future and named after a famous Russian poet, Vladimir Mayakovsky. It represents an example of Stalinist architecture and is considered to be one of the most marvelous metro stations in the system with its large pink, white, and grey marble columns. It was also an air raid shelter during World War II and could temporarily house Joseph Stalin in case of a raid or bombing.
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