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Thursday, August 25, 2016

80th Anniversary: Inside The Moscow Metro, A Collection Of 20th-Century Art

Published 15 May 2015

To step onto the Moscow metro is to step back in time and enter a museum of architecture and history. Opened 80 years ago -- on May 15, 1935 -- it is an extravagant gallery of communist design, featuring Soviet artworks, statues, chandeliers, stained glass, and ceiling mosaics. Built under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, the metro now transports 7 million to 9 million people each day.


Men stand in front of a mosaic depicting former Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin at the Biblioteka Imeni Lenina metro station in Moscow.


A couple kisses in front of a stained-glass panel at the Novoslobodskaya metro station, which was built in 1952.


People wait for the train at the Mayakovskaya metro station, built in 1938.


A ceiling panel at the Novoslobodskaya metro station


A woman touches the nose of the so-called "lucky dog" statue at the Ploshchad Revolyutsii station.


People walk under a mosaic of Lenin at the Komsomolskaya metro station.


A couple in front of a stained glass panel at the Novoslobodskaya metro station


Women walk past a statue at the Belorusskaya metro station.


The interior of the Prospekt Mira metro station


The Moscow metro also boasts interesting benches and seats.


Two men go down an escalator at a Moscow metro station.


A stained-glass panel inside the Novoslobodskaya station


Crowds at the Prospekt Mira station


A map of the Moscow metro system is seen behind a poster warning passengers to avoid the closing doors on the train.