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An Inside Scoop of Russia's Extravagant, Hidden Metro Stations

Travelers Today       By    Jane Gilligan

Updated: Jan 02, 2017 05:59 AM EST

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An Inside Look at Moscow Metro
Baroque designs, chandeliers and elaborate ceiling paintings. The Moscow Metro almost looks like a cathedral.
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There is no better way to turn a boring daily commute into extravagance than by creating wonderful metro stations that would take a jaded commuter from one place to the next. Moscow is home to one of the most luxurious train stations in the world and not many people know about it.

Opened in the 1930s, this 11-kilometer train station has been a gem hidden from the world. It is known in history as the Soviet's first underground train system and also the 5th longest in the world. One of its stations, roughly at a depth of 84 meters is one of the deepest in the world.

Among its popular stations is the Sokolniki Station which was the first stage of the line and was opened in 1935. Station after station, the majestic beauty just seems to become more elaborate with the Kiyevskaya and the Komsomolskaya among the most beautiful.

It is a manifestation of Russia's old, luxurious beauty rich with baroque designs. Bored Panda reports that the architectural designs that were used in these stations were propaganda, a way to tell the people of the Soviet that there is a bright future for the organization. This is proven true as busts and murals of popular Soviet leaders were spread throughout the entire line.

The stations are made up of every majestic element similar to a palace. Its marble columns and crystal chandeliers give it a palatial beauty. Windows are made from stained glass and walls are adorned with mosaics and paintings.

According to a report from CNN, it was only in 2014 when the architectural designs of these landmarks have been studied formally. It was only during this time that pictures of the magnificent architecture has formally been recognized all over the globe. Now, almost 80 years after it was first opened, the Moscow metro rail is considered as one of the most beautiful and striking train stations in the world.

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