We have been in Russia now for about a week and a half. We flew into Tallin, in Estonia, and then took a cheap bus over the boarder into Russia. We started our trip by visiting the two largest and probably the two most well known cities: St. Petersburg and Moscow.
We visited the main sights in both cities but I want to share a lesser known underground secret. Both cites have numerous elaborate metro stations. It’s very rare in London that you get off at an underground station and are met with a marble interior, iconic sculptures and beautiful mosaics. In these Russian cities however this is a common occurrence.
Below I have included some of our favourite photos of the metro stations from both St. Petersburg and Moscow. These beautiful stations were built in the early and mid-twentieth century, often to honour Stalin. Some have very communist characteristics or focus around famous Russian figures such as Lenin or Pushkin. They are often called ‘The People’s Palace’.
This is a fantastic way to see another side of these beautiful cities. It’s also great for those with a budget as you can get on the metro for 55 RUB (73p) and spend a couple of hours exploring multiple stations all using the one ticket. These marvelous crafted stations are truly palaces for the people.