Friday Fix: Moscow's Metro Stations.

This is the tenth edition of my bi-weekly series, Friday Fix, a quick burst of inspiration to spur you (and me) on through our final day in the office. The idea of these photos is to give you a glimpse of some of the most incredible things I've seen in a format you can digest in a coffee break... 

Stained glass, Moscow's Metro Stations, Russia.
hammer and sickle, Moscow's Metro Stations, Russia.
The hammer and sickle.

As one of Stalin's more palatable ideas, the Moscow Metro stations were created to be “palaces for the people”. He intended to inspire the masses with marble walls, high ceilings and chandeliers, encouraging them to look up in wonder at his creation.


The multitude of artists and architects involved were instructed to design and create something 

that embodied Russia's radiant future. Regardless of the prophesy's delusion*, the Moscow Metro network was to become one of the USSR’s most extravagant

architectural projects. 

Bronze figure, Moscow metro stations, Russia.

I was particularly struck by the pensive bronze statues, stained-glass windows and intricate Byzantine-style mosaics which could keep you enthralled through any length train-line delays. 

After Stalin’s death in 1953, the Communist party began removing his mark from the city. His images were gradually withdrawn from the Metro and by 1955, after a decree eliminating “extravagance in design and construction.” this architectural period was well and truly over. Functionality and kilometres were the new transport priorities, but some of the Stalin era decoration was left for future generations. 


Try Novoslobodskaya for stained glass, Elektrozavodskaya for incredible light and marble carvings and Komsomolskaya for glittering mosaic ceilings. 

Stained glass, Moscow Metro station, Russia.

* Figures for the number of people killed under Stalin's regime remain in hot debate, but there is little arguing that it was somewhere in the millions.

Stained glass, Moscow metro station, Russia.

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Comments: 8
  • #1

    Duke Stewart (Sunday, 05 July 2015 02:49)

    I love train stations for so many reasons, but the architecture is something that I often overlook. With these in Moscow though, that would be impossible. I loved that first image you shared and can see why you chose to make that your featured image.

    It's so interesting to think about the reaction that the U.S.S.R. had after Stalin's death. Thanks for sharing this, and for the background on how and why these places were constructed.

    Take Care.

  • #2

    Katie Featherstone (Sunday, 05 July 2015 10:46)

    Thank-you for stopping by Duke. I'm glad you were interested. :)

  • #3

    Marie @ Marie Away (Tuesday, 07 July 2015 18:43)

    These are metro stations? I thought it was a museum for a second! Impressive pieces, you don't really hear about these things when you learn about Stalin. Thanks for sharing this!

  • #4

    Katie Featherstone (Tuesday, 07 July 2015 18:49)

    Yeah, crazy isn't it? Thank-you for the comment Marie. :D

  • #5

    Shikha (whywasteannualleave) (Tuesday, 07 July 2015 23:23)

    That's fascinating Katie - I couldn't believe that those are stations! I must admit that stations are often places I never stop to appreciate it and look at properly which is a shame since there is so much history in a country's rail station. This post has got me thinking how you should look at the surroundings more in train stations abroad!

  • #6

    Katie Featherstone (Tuesday, 07 July 2015 23:38)

    Thanks Shikha. :)

    I hope you find something.

  • #7

    Holly Martin (Sunday, 12 July 2015 11:28)

    I love the stained glass. So colorful!

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