Russian Metro

4 Aug

Moscow’s magnificent metro stations are world renowned.  But the reality of them really does blow you away.  They also provided a welcome refuge for me as they do all the year round in protecting Muscovites from the weather outside – but in my situation it was from the heat.

I thought I remembered something from my history GCSE about the human cost of building them (including images of people dying in their thousands working through permafrost) – but it seems like I didn’t need to spend my time feeling guilty about appreciating their beauty, since nowhere online can I find a reference to it.  So, without the guilt and in full appreciation of all the splendour, take a look at these pictures.  They are taken at 7-8 of the most decorated stations in the centre.  Look out for the shiny dog and cockerel.  I think that rubbing them must bring good luck, since everyone – and I mean everyone – stopped by the statues causing a major tail-back.

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2 Responses to “Russian Metro”

  1. Ragnar August 4, 2010 at 4:19 pm #

    Hi Cat,

    Bon Voyage!

    Have been enjoying your missives, Ragnar

    ps. the dying permafrosted soviet workers. I remember from history text books that the metro was built by happy and proud volunteers – odd as I thought our countries were on the same side during the Cold War.

  2. Richard Johnson August 13, 2010 at 3:11 pm #

    Moscow’s metro is beautiful – looks like you got to a few stations I’ve never seen. Pyongyang’s is designed like Moscow’s (though about a foot deeper, in case of nuclear attack) but sadly I never got to go, though my colleagues did. In any case, the North Koreans only let you ride between 2 stops – the rest is not open to foreigners. Apparently, though, the DPRK still plays music in the Pyongyang Metro, with pics of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il in every car!

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