Thursday, June 9, 2011

{ russia } moscow metro

Most of the time a metro system is just a way to get from one place to another. Not so in Moscow.

Besides being the second most heavily used Metro system worldwide (carrying around 7 million passengers daily), it is also like an underground museum. Each station is differenty designed and you will find everything from communist-style peasant art to glitter-glamour gold chandeliers. Beautiful, believe me.

The great thing is you can buy one ticket (about 90 cent) and then you can take the Metro basically as long as you want if you stay underground in the stations. Great for visiting all the different stations. And the fact that there is a train almost every 90 seconds is perfect!



This type of sightseeing is also perfect for people-watching. For me, public transportation lets you look deep inside a country's soul. Nothing is more real then using the metro like the locals.



I would have loved to take more pictures, but unfortuantely the rules at the stations are quite strict as they belong to the Russian military. Noone really knows if you are allowed to take pictures inside the stations and as I did not want to risk to get caught by military guys on patrol that speak no word in English I was most of the time hiding. But I am still dreaming of taking my 7D and a tripod there one day...

Here you find a complete list of all stations with pictures to check which one you would like to see.
So pretty!

29 comments:

  1. Is there anything better and more intriguing than people watching!?

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    Karena
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  2. love the one of the train lights.

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  3. Yep, these are definitely the coolest metros i've seen. Thanks for snapping these!! at your own risk - ah who knows what they'd do?

    xixi

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  4. Wow, these look like something out of a dream. Amazing pictures!

    - Sarah
    http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com/

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  5. hi there, just stumbled in from somewhere...

    i've read about this before. we've yet to visit Moscow but this will be one of the sights i look forward to seeing.

    enjoying your blog! newest follower.

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  6. Grat images - as always!
    And I would LOVE to see Moscow one day, fingers crossed I will :)

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  7. those are BEAUTIFUL! that's kind of scary to have to hide to take pics, yikes...that would freak me out :)

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  8. Great photos and neat blog =)

    My Lyfe ; My Story

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  9. das erste bild ist ja großartig. die farben, reflektionen und unschärfen. gefällt sehr.

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  10. I love these images, they make me happy. I never heard nothing about Moscow's metro but this post is really interesting

    ;) Fede
    fedulab.blogspot.com

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  11. wow! really digging the first image and the other image of the train in motion. i am with you on "public transportation lets you look deep inside a country's soul"...so good, i love that.

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  12. this looks great, I would love to explore there myself!

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  13. Von der russischen Metro haben uns früher schon die Lehrer vorgeschwärmt. Und ich kann, nach deinen Bildern zu urteilen, nur sagen, echt klasse. Da hat sich jemand richtig Mühe gegeben, ein Kunstwerk zu schaffen. Das erste Foto finde ich fantastisch, die Farben sind prächtig.

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  14. It must be the emotion of the forbidden. One can feel the delight of it in your pictures :-)

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  15. I remember visiting all the stations in Moscow and trying to hide my camera while taking photos. Don't think I ended up with anything good - I was so scared that I'd be whisked off somewhere and have to pay some bribe to get out of the situation (our tourguide had been arrested the previous day, leaving me a little jittery!)

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  16. I had no idea! I absolutely love the metro (at least in London when I rode it almost every day to work and Paris - the only two I've been on). I have to go sometime when in Moscow. So glad you were able to capture these shots without getting in trouble!

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  17. What beautiful stations! I wish the washington, dc metro was as pretty AND ran every 90 seconds!!

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  18. So interestng that you couldn't take a photo there. Those images are stunning..I love them all! Have a great weekend, darling
    Kisses

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  19. My sister's just returned from Germany
    and the thing with the ticket that you can use it all day was there too :)

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  20. thanks for giving us a glimpse of this wonderful underground world. I would have never imagined it was like this!

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  21. These are amazing snapshots. =o)

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  22. Amazing - I never knew this about the Metro in Moscow! I would love to visit one day and check out the museum~

    Thanks for taking the risk and capturing this images! It is always better to ask for forgiveness rather than permission!

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  23. It looks amazing, I've always wanted to do a 'tour' of the Moscow stations. Well done for being brave enough to take photos!

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  24. Gorgeous photos and the story is so interesting. I am very intrigued and hope you get to go back for some more photos some day! Maybe you can get special permission??!

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  25. too bad you couldn't take more pictures! it seems the station is really beautiful!
    :)

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  26. Goodness that would be scary to be bailed up by the Russian police in the metro for taking photos. I would love to visit Russia one day. My friend said in St Petersburg the stations are so deep underground that on the escalator up, several people would sit down and make cups of tea from their thermos!

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  27. fantastic photos! hope to see moscow for myself some day.

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  28. Amazing blurry photos. Especially love that first shot. The blue of your coat really stands out!

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