Inside The Moscow Metro, A Collection Of 20th Century Art
Published 3 September 2013
To step onto the Moscow metro is to step back in time and enter a museum of architecture and history. Opened in 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-9 million people each day and costs 30 rubles, around $1, for a single ride. (14 PHOTOS)
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.