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Foreigners in Moscow are offered excursions to the subway. And it’s a great idea, because the Moscow metropolitan does not perform only the function of transportation, over the years it has turned into a huge unusual museum that vividly shows the Russian underground art. On the photo above: Mayakovskaya station.
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Bronze sculpture on “Ploschad Revolutsii” (Revolution Square) station. The station is decorated with 76 bronze sculptures of Soviet workers and defenders of the Motherhood.
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Okhotniy Ryad (Sokolnicheskaya line). The piece of the marble wall remains here, as if unfinished, for the purpose – in memory of the old apperance of the station it had been from 1935 to 2007.
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Lyublinko-Dmitrovskaya line of Dostoevskaya Station
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Kurskaya station, Koltsevaya line.
Inscription “Kurskaya of the Big Ring 1945-1949” reminds of the plans of the subway development of the late 1940s. Back then they planned to build Small ring line as part of Boulevard ring.
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Mendeleevskaya station, Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya line
Bronze monument to the dog named Malchik (Boy) that used to live at the station. The dog was killed by the owner of the Staffordshire Terrier in 2001. The monument “Sympathy” built for the money of animal rights activists is devoted to all stray dogs.
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Marxistskaya station, Kalninsko-Solntsevskaya line
Pay attention to the spiral design of the lamps that symbolizes one of the postulates of dialectical materialism – progressive movement from lower to higher forms, spiral development. Marx formulated this principle and gave the new meaning to the dialectic of Hegel.
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“Park Pobedy” (Victory Park), Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya line
This marble is enriched with petrified remains of ammonites, belemnites and other prehistoric cephalopods. It’s the place of the highest concentration of shells in the marble. Some of them reach 50 cm in diameter.
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“Kievskaya” station, Koltsevaya line
Mosaic “Battle for the Soviet rule in Ukraine”. Some people joke that the partisan on the image is using a mobile phone and a pocket PC. In fact, it’s a military telephone UNA. Its handle is heavy and held by both hands. In front of the partisan is a box where the device is installed. Although the joke is not so silly: such phones began to be produced only in 1928 – 6 years after completion of the Civil War.
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Trubnaya station, Lyublinsko-Dmitrovskaya line
Stained-glass art from Zurab Tsereteli. In 2007 passengers noticed that the domes on the artwork lacked crosses and began to attach their own copper crosses. The directorship of the subway didn’t mind so now these churches have about a dozen of people’s crosses.
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Dobryninskaya station, Koltsevaya line
“Parade of Soviet athletes” – sportsmen from the sports club “Dynamo” are carrying a portrait of Gagarin. The station was opened on 1st January 1950. Back then Yuri Gagarin was younger than 16. Initially, the athlets carried a portrait of Stalin but in the time of N. Khruschev they began to get rid of the leader in the Moscow metropolitan. This is how the image of Y. Gagarin appeared here.
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Rimskaya station, Lyublinsko-Dmitrovskaya line
The only station of a working fountain.
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Зекщмылщ-Razumovskaya station, Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya line
Can you see images of humanoids in the piece of natural marble?
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Otradnoye station, Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya line
“1812” – the attack of grenadiers. Now try to count all the legs here. Six fighters have only 11. the disabled one – is the third soldier from the left.
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Zamoskvoretskaya line
Some say that these monumental benches had been brought from the first Christ the Savior Cathedral before it was demolished. Another version states, they were made from the marble of that Cathedral. This marble is rather lucky, because most of memorial plates with names of war heroes 1812 were grinded for covering the paths in Moscow parks back then.