The metro system began under Stalin in the early 1930s and today runs 330+ kms of line. The escalators are some of the longest I've been on - the deepest station is 74m underground.
|What? No graffiti? No advertising?|
Once you've sorted out the Cyrillic alphabet, it's relatively easy to find your way around. However if you need to transfer to another line the station will have a different name, which can be confusing. For the small investment of 100 roubles (about $2:00) we had a morning's entertainment getting on and off trains and gasping in astonishment as each hallway is more beautiful than the last. Extensive use of marble, high ceilings and lighting lend a palatial ambience.
|You'd think you were in a palace not a metro station|
|Colourful murals feature widely|