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In honour of Soviet fighting men, seven octagonal ceiling mosaics, bas-reliefs and cast bronze portraits depict soldiers of the Red Army and Russian war heroes.
The large, ornate marble benches that line the platform walls were taken from the cathedral of Christ the Saviour and original floor lamps give Novokuznetskaya Station a special ambience.
In 1941, Stalin celebrated the anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution at Mayakovskaya Station, complete with elegant catering for all the attending dignitaries while the Nazis bombed the city above.
The scene was later depicted in the mosaics in the centre of each dome.
By far the fanciest of all the stations, Komsomolskaya is more like a grand ballroom than a train station.
Opened in 1952 as part of the second stage Metro expansion, this baroque masterpiece honours the memory of Nevsky, Donskoy and other great military leaders in the ornately gilded mosaics on the ceilings and walls.
The concept was to make a ceiling covered with six rows of circular incandescent lamps- 318 in total.
An entire day can be spent station hopping, admiring beauty and opulence that would have received a nod of approval from the Romanov’s themselves.
We have discovered first class can be anything but classy and navigated our way through some of the dirtiest and some of the cleanest train systems the world has to offer.
However, we have never come across anything as impressive as the Moscow Metro stations.
We have travelled on a lot of public train systems all over the world.
We have marvelled at the modern efficiency of some rail systems, especially in Asia.