Exploring the Moscow metro and the Museum of Contemporary History


One of the things that attracted me most to visit Russia was the electrifying of its most recent history. Therefore, on the last day in the city we decided to dedicate it to explore its history a little more.

Moscow subway ride

That day was expected very long. The return flight did not leave until six in the morning, so we decided the following: to not pay a hotel just to sleep a couple of hours and then a taxi to the airport for the price of a kidney, it would be better to spend the night at Domododievo airport and thus be able to go by public transport. With this play we save more than one hundred euros.

We start the day visiting the most beautiful stations of the Moscow metro on an itinerary marked by the Lonely Planet guide. In 1931 the subway began to be built and thousands of enthusiastic workers collaborated to carry out the project. On May 15, 1931 the first 13 stations were inaugurated and, little by little, it was extended until the current 182.

While the recently built stations are much simpler and more functional, the first ones stand out for being unique works of their kind in which the best architects of the time participated.

Komsomolskaya Station

Komsomolskaya Station (Комсомольская) It was the one that welcomed us to Moscow and is one of the prettiest, so we say come back to visit it more calmly. This station was inaugurated on January 30, 1952 and the architect illustrated with mosaics the historic speech Stalin made in November 1941 evoking the figures of the past. The mosaics stand out on the yellow ceiling.

Then we got off at the Prospekt Mira station (Проспект Мира). This station, reminiscent of the grandmother's dishes, was also inaugurated on January 30, 1952. It is all white and in the columns there are white porcelain bas-reliefs with golden borders of farmer figures and ideal socialist models.

Novoslobodskaya metro station

Novoslobodskaya station (Новослободская) It was the one we liked the most because the windows that adorn it reminded us a lot in the style of Alfons Mucha. It was inaugurated on the same day as the previous ones and when walking through its lobby it gives the impression of being in an aristocratic mansion.

The one that disappointed us a bit was the Belorusskaya Station (Белорусская), as the name implies, and being near the train station that goes to Belarus, the mosaics show happy workers with the typical clothing of the country.

Krasnopresnenskaya Station (Краснопресненская) It is quite sober. It has reddish marble and scenes from the 1905 revolution are remembered.

The last station we visited before changing lines was that of Kievskaya (Киевская) in which the theme of its mosaics is the Russian-Ukrainian brotherhood.

To be one of the most important stations in Moscow, because of its location, I was not convinced by the decoration of Ploshchad Revolyutsii station (Площадь Революции): I did not like the life-size statues in the arches of access to the platforms, nor the decoration in reddish marble. Even so, I recognize that it is quite spectacular.

We only had two stations left, the next one was Theatrical (Театральная), a station built with labradorite and marble, which they say was taken out of the Church of Christ the Savior before they destroyed it.

The last station of the itinerary was Mayakovskaya station (Маяковская). The design of this station was awarded at the Universal Exhibition of 1938 in New York and has very clean and elegant lines. They highlight the arches that give access to the platforms, which are made of stainless steel and remind the style of the great skyscrapers of the big apple.

After the route, we do not go abroad as we move to the nearby Pushkinskaya station (Пушкинская) to go to Museum of Contemporary History of Russia. It is not one of the most important museums in the city and far from one of the most visited, but in my opinion It is one of the most interesting in the city. Through the halls of this slightly old museum, we can explore the recent history of Russia from the first revolutions in 1905 and the fall of the monarchy in 1917 until the 1980s. Thrilling!