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Moscow metro station: One of the world’s visually stunning underground systems; here’s how it looks like

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Wed May 31 2017, 5:54 pm
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    Moscow metro station: Rub a dog's nose for luck. Look back to Russia's 1917 Bolshevik revolution. Marvel at a mosaic spaceman. Maybe even watch a ballet. Moscow's metro is one of the busiest and most visually stunning underground systems in the world. It is a tourist site in its own right. (Reuters)

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    Moscow metro station: Created as a showcase for the Soviet Union, its elaborate, spacious stations are adorned with mosaics, marble statues and stained glass that tell the story of the communist state. (Reuters)

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    Moscow metro station: When it opened in 1935, the metro had just 11 stations and attracted 285,000 curious riders on the first day. Today there are 206 stations and up to nine million passengers a day. (Reuters)

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    Moscow metro station: The Moscow metro’s immaculate stations are a mix of old and new. Get off at Ploshchad Revolutsii (Revolution Square) and you will see passengers going up to a statue of a border guard and rubbing his dog’s nose for luck. There are four such statues in the station, and all the dogs have shiny noses from the constant rubbing. (Reuters)

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    Moscow metro station: The metro has been expanding fast in the last few years, and modernising with one eye on the World Cup that Russia will host in 2018. (Reuters)

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    Moscow metro station: It now has free WiFi and announcements in English are gradually being introduced across the numerous lines. (Reuters)

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    Moscow metro station: In the more tourist-friendly stations, "selfie spots" have been designated on the floor to help passengers get the best photo with a metro architectural highlight in view. (Reuters)

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    Moscow metro station: A ballet version of Dostoyevsky's novel "The Idiot" was recently performed in the metro station named after the author. (Reuters)

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    Moscow metro station: The metro has been expanding fast in the last few years, and modernising with one eye on the World Cup that Russia will host in 2018. (Reuters)

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    Moscow metro station: It now has free WiFi and announcements in English are gradually being introduced across the numerous lines. (Reuters)

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    Moscow metro station: In the more tourist-friendly stations, "selfie spots" have been designated on the floor to help passengers get the best photo with a metro architectural highlight in view. (Reuters)

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    Moscow metro station: People travel on an escalator at Park Kultury metro station. (Reuters)

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    Moscow metro station: The metro finally seems to have realised how iconic it is, and has introduced tourist stands with metro-related gifts. The souvenirs include an 8-cm model of the guard and the dog. (Reuters)

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