The metro stations of Moscow exist in flamboyance, oblivious to the mediocrity of their counterparts across the world. One of the largest rapid transit systems in the world, the Moscow Metro hosts a grand total of 222 stations, accommodating an average of 7 million passengers every day. Let’s see what makes it so intriguing.
“Forget about carrying the camera or even your phone”, my friend tells me as she starts to step out of the hostel with me walking a foot behind. As backpackers on a budget, we did not have the luxury of booking a cab to the Kremlin or the Tretyakov Gallery, so we decided to tour the most accessible attraction- the underground. And thus the two of us headed out to explore the metro stations, with a metro map, one phone, our metro cards, and a bottle of water. So let’s address the elephant in the room early on. The pictures aren’t the best, as they have been taken on a poor-resolution phone camera, by two girls who were more curious about observing than clicking that rainy evening.
For the curious readers
The history of the Moscow Metro dates back to 1932 when the first-ever plan of the system was laid down. Three years later, the first metro line was opened to the public. Since then, the metro development has proceeded in stages over the years. The ones built in the first stage saw fairly simple architecture and design, but a highly welcoming response by the public. Performances by workers involved in the construction of the rapid transit system were held in the celebrated Bolshoi Theatre, to give you an idea.