Kropotkinskaya station was the very first station to be opened in the Moscow Metro system. Architect A.N. Duskin was the designer for this station, the marble used here came from the demolished Christ the Savior Cathedral, which now adorns the walls and floor. Looking at the interiors here gives more of a sense of an underground palace then a subway system.
Ploshad Revolutsi station
This is probably the most astounding of all the stations with its beautiful arches and bronze figures which represented the creators of the new socialist order. These figures become the columns for all the arches through out this whole station. This station was opened several after the first on March 13th, 1938. There are a total of 76 bronze figures in this station all of which were created by the sculptor Manizer. The columns themselves are of soldiers holding their weapons in hand along with the farm workers who held hammers and sickles.
Of all the stations this probably the most architecturally impressive, considering that the columns are of a highly polished chrome. It can be seen that the well-lit domes create an incredible visual that leads the eyes down the platform with amazing grace and presence. What is harder to see is the intricate mosaic panels that line the walls of the subway channel that depict soviet life. The scene itself is titled “A day in the Land of Soviets” which was created by the artist Deineka. This intricate mosaic starts out with the happy Soviet workers rising with the sun, working in the fields and factories, then returning to their beds as the sun sets in the last panel. It was recently restored to its former 1950’s look complete with its shiny new columns.
The Novokuznetskaya station opened for use during the WWII on November 20, 1943. The Soviet Army was in the process of pushing back the Germans during this time. The station has a military theme demonstrating the Soviet might against the Nazis. Arhitects Baranov and Bykov used heros of Russian history, such as Alexander Nevsky a famous military commander, along with the likes of Dmitry Donskoy, Alexander Survorov, and Prince Kutuzo. The mosaics seen on the walls were first created in Leningrad during the siege and brought later to Moscow after the fighting stopped. What can’t be seen here are the remarkable marble benches of the platforms which were taken from Christ the Savior Cathedral as the city was being bombed and the Cathedral was being demolished under the Soviet leaders.
5 thoughts on “Underground Palaces of the Moscow Metro – Part One”
Kropotkinskaya is a nice station: not too big and leads to a great city park and the Pushkin art museum. I used to live there many years ago. Great blog!!!
I created this post because one of my readers was amazed that it was a metro station. So I decided to create a post showing several of the stations and just how Grand they really are.
Now that I don’t live in Moscow anymore, I realize how spectacular the metro stations are (of course, when they are not insanely crowded!). I remember when I visited DC for the first time and went inside the metro, I was surprised to see how plain the metro stations there were. I guess I assumed all metro stations in the world were designed to be museums. Revolution Square is another fun one: my son was five when I first took him there. He loved all the guys with guns :).