Off the Beaten Trail: the Moscow Metro

Moscow Metro

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“Hold on to your purses,” said our Moscow guide. “There are pick pockets who will grab your purse on our Moscow subways.” This was my introduction to this clean subway system A 2016 U.S. presidential candidate claims our infrastructure needs repairing. After experiencing the Moscow metro, I see his point of view. There were no homeless persons begging either in the subway or streets.img_2176-1024x765-640x478-500x373img_2198-745x1024-466x640-364x500

We enjoyed seeing the art, lighting and marble work. Over nine million ride the Moscow Metro. Komsomolskay, Prospekt Mira, Novoslobodskaya, Belorusskaya are some of the stations showing stained glass mosaics, marble walls, folk art work, socialist themes, war motifs, sculpture and elegant chandeliers. Park Pobedy station is one of the deepest in the world. Soviet workers did the labor and the art work, but the main engineering designs, routes, and construction plans were handled by specialists recruited from the London Underground.  I found the extra long escalators an experience. We took subways and not taxis around Moscow. Some of our friends had a bad experience with a taxi. We continued our sightseeing with the subway.img_2175-722x1024-451x640-352x500img_2187-690x1024-431x640-337x500

.“Underneath the streets of Moscow, there’s a whole other world of opulent architecture for visitors to discover: the Moscow Metro. David Burdeny, an architect-turned-photographer from Canada, believes that he was the first photographer ever to be allowed to shoot the stations after-hours, when they were closed to passengers.img_2181-1024x752-640x470-500x367img_2174-764x1024-478x640-373x500

The Moscow Metro, which opened in 1935, was designed to be one big Soviet propaganda project. The opulent architectural designs were intended to forecast a bright future for the empire, as the guiding design principles were “svet” (light) and “sveltloe budushchee” (bright future).”1  ( Overseas travel inspires us with new ideas and ways to improve our quality of life in our own country.IMG_2222 (2) (1024x742) (640x464) (500x363).jpg



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