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.