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~THE BROWN LINE~
of the
~MOSCOW METRO~


My steady readers and friends know of my "adventure" on the Moscow Metro. I spent the better part of a day being thoroughly lost beneath the city. But by the time I left Moscow, I was, at least, moderately familiar with the system.
The Moscow Metro is the busiest in the world, moving about 10 million people each day. It is also one of the deepest, although St. Petersburg and Tokyo dispute that claim. The reason is that the deepest station in the Moscow system lies beneath the hill on which Victory Park is located. The photos, you will see below, show a very posh and ornate underground train system. The original idea was for this to be the "People's Palace". Not at all what you would expect, if you have ridden a subway. The trains themselve? Well, that's another story. Two words: Crowded, Dirty.
I hope you enjoy these photos. I had a great time taking them. The cost? Well being I only came to the surface once, it was about a half a buck U.S.




To get the the Metro you have to ride down these long escalators. At some stations there are two escalators, depending on how deep the station is.

Belorusskaya Station, home base for me

The platform deep in the earth


The first thing I noticed were the ceilings, and their intricately plastered designs.


The red star and hammer and sickle are still found in many places. But more and more they are slowly being replaced. On the right is another section of the platfoem.

Krasnopresnenskaya Station, first stop

The platform



This station had an abundance of bas relief sculptures and paintings on the walls

Kievskaya Station

The platform
Kievskaya Station was where I had my first experience with the Moscow Metro. When Carol met me at the Kiev Train station, this is where we caught the metro to Belorusskaya. Even though it was late morning, I wanted to lie down and sleep.

More paintings

And elaborate plaques

Park Kultur (culture) Station

The platform


And here are more bas relief carvings. On the left are a father and son, and on the right skaters.

Oktyabruskaya (Yeah, you figure it out)

No two stations have the same decor

An arch and supporting column

Dobrininskaya Station

The platform

A mosaic

And a grape picker

Pavelushkaya Station

Much marble here

Gold trimmed Hammer and sickle

The platform

Another station name plate

Taganskaya Station

The platform



A salute to the Great Patriotic War, an arch with the same theme, and the ceiling

Kurskaya Station

The platform


Whomever was on that pedestal was found to be in disfavor, and had his statue removed. One possibility is Stalin. On the right is another elaborate plaque.

Komsomolskaya Station

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Komsomolskaya Station is one of the more elaborate, especially for it's ceilings and chandeliers.


This is also in honor to the Great Patriotic War (WWII). The figure with the hammer and sickle is stepping on a Prussian eagle and swastika. The name behind is Lenin. On the right you see the platform.

Prospect Mira Station (Mira Street)

Another of the Soviet emblems still ramaining

Ceiling and chandeliers

Column carving

This station opened in 1951

Another decorative panel


Prospect Mira station also has many stained glass windows running along the track.

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Novoslobodskaya Station, my last stop before returning to Belorusskaya. Here it was the end wall murals that I found most interesting.

This a mosaic

And this a painting

Well, there you have it, the twelve stations of the circular metro route (Brown Line) of the Moscow Metro system. This line goes completely around the city and connects the linear runs. So you can get virtually to anywhere from anywhere in the city on the Metro. And it sure beats the traffic.


Music is "Barcarolle"
by Tchaikovsky

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