Other than carrying people around the city, Moscow Metro with its forty-four cultural heritage sites should be counted as a completely extraordinary tourist attraction of Russia.
Moscow, a huge city with a population of 12 million and the number of tourists that visit daily, requires a guaranteed in order transporting system inside it. Russia with an accurate plan for this system, constructed over 224 stations all around the city, and as of today, they still extending it. The fascinating design of the network made all other 15 lines of it to be connected with an orbit line in the center of the city. It's safe to say that the brown orbit line is the most crucial line of this network.
The first talks regarding forming a Metro transporting system was backed to 1875, but the first confirmed plans were presented in 1902. Although, the city council of Moscow rejected the designs, and Metro wasn't built not until the rise of Soviet Russia. In May 1935, The first line of the Metro with 11 stations with the ability to transport 285 thousand people began to give service to the public. Joseph Stalin had plans to use the metro as a symbol of Soviet Russia glory and greatness. He invested lots of the city budget on this project. Even during World war II, he commanded the workers to continue developing the network. Another investment of Soviet Russia was on the metro stations. These stations were no different from majestic palaces. The purpose of this investment was to promote the idea that people are the priority in Soviet Russia.
During the World War II, like any other cities in Europe, these metro stations in Moscow became a quite safe shelter from aerial bombs, and because of this reason, there were lots of stores, salons, libraries, and restaurants formed there. After the war, even today, some celebration and ceremonies took place there as a traditional reminder of those days.
Nowadays, the Moscow metro is an essential location for people as a historical place. It has another way to draw tourists’ attention other than its cheap transporting service. Additional to the palace-like view of some of its stations, most of them are loaded with symbols, sculptures, paintings, and icons of historical past and modern-day of Russia.
For example, Komsomolskaya station which is the connection between line one and the orbit line is one of the most majestic stations of the world. This station which built like a royal palace exclusively designed to show off Stalin reign's glory to the world. Its magnificent marble columns, the mosaic arts on the ceiling, or patriotic paintings of Russian people seeking independence forfeit that idea well. All these points make Komsomolskaya station a clear goal for tourists and history lovers.
Mayakovskaya station probably is one of the most beautiful stations of Moscow Metro Network. It gets its name after great Soviet poet Vladimir Mayakovsky. The station that gets its design by the poet's imagination of Russia future got some impressive mosaic painting that describes the daily life of a Soviet Russia resident.
Unlike other transporting methods of Moscow, The Metro rapid system is one of the cheapest of all. With its widespread area that supports, it's a logical way to travel around the city. Also, as we said before, forty-four of its stations are considered as a cultural heritage which shows how important they are in Russia culture. So it would be nice if you have a plan to travel to Russia even if you don't want to use Metro as a transporting system, check out these stations as a free-ticket museum.
One of the excellent advantages of the Moscow metro is that you can get anywhere with it. Almost every attraction of Moscow has at least one metro station near them, such as Red Square and Kremlin, the Victory Museum, Gorky Park, and Moscow Circus on Tsvetnoy Boulevard.
For example, to reach the Novodevichy Cemetery, you can take line 1 (Red) and take off at the Sportivnaya station, which is only 10 minutes' walk from the cemetery. Also, the next station on line 1 is the Vorobyovy Gory station, which is the nearest station for anyone who wants to go to the Sparrow Hills.
Before Russia World cup 2018, it was a little difficult for tourists to find their way through the metro system, but now, most of the stations are equipped with wireless internet and English signs. One way to be sure if you're going in the right direction is to listen to the train speaker. If the operator was male, that means you are going to the city center. But if it was a female, then you're going to the sides. The fascinating fact about this network is that even with this enormous system it has accurate and on-time trains all the time.
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