What’s my impression of the metro?
That dank, stale, underground place bustling with people rushing to work, where sometimes there’s so much momentum going one way that it’s futile to swim against the current of travellers.
But maybe that’s just the way with metro stations in most places, but the ones in Russia certainly don’t concur with these stereotypes.
Ploshchad’ Pobedy Station:
The entry way into the railway system from Victory Square station is not for the faint of heart.You descend 260 meters into the historical nuclear bomb shelter on an escalator lighted on both sides with white bulbs. The sounds of street musicians, You descend 260 meters into the historical nuclear bomb shelter on an escalator lighted on both sides with white bulbs. The sounds of street musicians, laughter of the passengers, and periodic rattling of the trains blend together to create a whole different kind of haven seemingly dislocated from the outer world.
One stop later, you’ll arrive to find a hallway decked out with glittering, crystal chandeliers, intricate murals, and carvings. This station was decorated under the supervision of Stalin, who wanted to emphasise and praise labourers for their dedication to the Soviet Union. Therefore, every wall features distinct mosaic paintings of men working in the fields, the glory of harvest, and many other aspects of daily life.
Ploshchad Revolyutsuii Station (Revolution Square):
This is a station lined on both sides by patriarchal looking bronze sculptures, ranging from Soviet soldiers with stern faces to Russia’s favourite animal, the rooster If you look closely at some of these sculptures, you’ll find that certain parts, such as a rooster’s feathers, a soldier’s hand. and dog’s noise, are all glistening golden due to years of people passing by and rubbing them for good luck. A rooster symbolises wealth while a dog is only rubbed by a woman to ensure faithfulness in their husbands.