© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Beautiful Moscow Metro Stations | All Photographs Taken With Fujifilm X100T
The Moscow Metro dates back to 1931, when its construction began, although engineers Pyotr Balinsky and Evgeny Knorre submitted their first designs to the Moscow City Duma as far back as 1902. On May 15, 1935, 18 years after the Bolshevik revolution, the Metro threw open its doors and carried its first passengers down its escalators and on to its new wagons with padded seats.
The first Metro line – running from Sokolniki to Dvorets Sovetov (now Kropotkinskaya) – was 11km (seven miles) long and had 13 stations. The Metro now has a track of more than 300km with 12 lines and 196 stations. The system is mostly underground, with the deepest section 74 metres (243 ft) underground at the Park Pobedy station, one of the world’s deepest.
Traveling with Moscow Metro is like stepping into a museum of Russian History and architecture, where you can meet Lenin, Dostoyevsky and Pushkin on your travels. It is one of the many tourist attraction that you can find in Russia if architecture is one of your favourite, but even if you don’t like architecture, the Moscow Metro Station is really a sight to be seen. Transporting approximately 9 million people everyday, the Moscow Metro is one of the most extensive and heavily used subway systems in the world.
I was on a very short stay in Moscow, I haven’t got the chance to visit most of the most beautiful Moscow Station available. Moscow has more to offer than just a Red Square and Kremlin, there is so much to see especially if you like art and architecture, there is plenty of museum to visit, if you are museum kind of guy.
To those of you who are planning to visit Moscow, let me tell you this, three days and two night stay in Moscow is not enough especially if you travel in winter and even if you were to travel in summer when the daylight is longer, three days in Moscow still not good enough, but then, it depends on what kind of traveler you are and what are you really looking at in Moscow.
Here are a few Moscow Metro worth visiting if you have the time :
- Kievskaya Station
- Mayakovskaya Station
- Novoslobodskaya Station
- Komsomolskaya Station
- Dostoevskaya Station
- Chkalovskaya Station
- Elektrozavodskaya Station
- Baumanskaya Statio
- Ploshchad Revolutsii Station
- Novokuznetskaya Station
All of the photographs above were taken with my trusted Fujifilm X100T, the only camera that I bring for my Trans-Siberian Railway adventure and maybe due to its small size, not many people bother and pay attention to me, I think if I’ve use my big size professional level DSLR, I might have some problem taking a photographs and might get an unwanted attention from unwelcome people.
At first actually I get a little scared to take my camera out, most of Moscow Metro is pack with people and coming from Malaysia with my puny size, makes me so scared looking at big size of Russian people. They are not scary but when looking at their big size and with their stiff or serious looking face makes me feel a little bit intimidated. Only after few hours traveling by the Metro I get a little bit of confidence, but still, I take great precautions at all time.
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