Dostoevskaya Moscow Metro Station
Dostoevskaya metro station is one of the newest additions to Moscow metro. During the recent years, quite a lot of new stations were added, and even a whole new line that connects the metro with Moscow International Business Center was built.
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However, Dostoevskaya station is special, mainly because of its interior. You see, most of the newer Moscow metro stations have a very simplistic design. That is especially true for the stations that were built during the 90's, when the state couldn't afford anything but the required minimum.
The stations became lower, narrower and much duller. They were also not built as deep underground as during Stalin times, but that may even be a good thing because riding that escalator for 10 minutes is not exactly an efficient use of your time.
Out of the new metro stations that I've seen I only liked "Park Pobedy" (below Moscow's Victory Park), which was built to match the original projects. However, "Park Pobedy" lies very deep, which makes it not very convenient for everyday use, plus to me it seems a little bit too pompous.
By the way, you should definitely visit the Victory Park. It's one of the most beautiful places in Moscow, and there's also a Great Patriotic War museum in case you're interested.
But let's get back to Dostoevskaya. I actually like that station more than Park Pobedy - it's not too deep, and it has a great design dedicated to Fyodor Dostoevsky and his famous works.
The construction began during the 90's, but it took around 20 years to finish again because of financial problems. However, in this case I think it was great.
Welcome to the world of Fyodor Dostoevsky...
If Dostoevskaya was finished when it was supposed to, then they surely would turn it into another dull Moscow metro station that can make you depressed at first sight.
Luckily, by the time the construction was done, Moscow government had enough money to pay for a proper design. As I said, it's totally about Dostoevsky's works.
To be honest, I was a little bit afraid to visit that station. You see, although I'm not a big fan of Dostoevsky, I have still read his books and I surely treat him with great respect.
Somehow, I was sure the designers did not do a good enough job, and the station will be a one big disappointment. However, that was the case when I was more than happy to be mistaken because in my opinion, that metro station fully captures the essence of Fyodor Dostoevsky's novels.
The colors of the interior, well....I think the phrase "shades of grey" sums it up pretty well. However, I don't want to say that the station looks dull and depressing.
On the contrary, it looks brand new and very clean, the floors reflect the ceiling, and coupled with original lighting the grey color helps us see every detail of Dostoevsky's vision.
However, what really grants the station that special something are the panels that picture the scenes from Dostoevsky's most famous novels - "The Idiot", "The Possessed", "Crime and Punishment" and "The Brothers Karamazov".
What a great artwork!
In fact, there was quite a debate around those pictures, because some of them show murder, like the one where Raskolnikov murders a pawnbroker.
However, I can say that those pictures don't look shocking at all - we see much more violence during a news broadcast. In fact, I actually liked them because I completely resonate with the way they present Dostoevsky's novels.
Oh, and speaking of pictures - on one end of the station there is a panel showing Dostoevsky's face. It's done so well I could sometimes swear that Fyodor Mihailovch is looking me closely while I walk around the station. Man, I almost felt ashamed for not reading all of his books!
He looks so alive!
In fact, even the escalators look special on Dostoevskaya. The lighting is positioned in such a way that the exit to the street actually looks darker than the station itself. I don't know if it was done on purpose, but the exit hall is darker indeed, which adds to the overall surrealism of the place.
Speaking of the surrealism - there are short stairs that lead from the escalators to the exit. I was very surprised and delighted to find a silhouette of Rodion Raskolnikov on one of the walls, "running" down the stairs as if he wanted to escape from the terrible crime he's committed.
You just can't run from yourself, Rodion...
In short - I can say that the designers did a fantastic job. I don't know if they were fans of Dostoevsky's books, but it's hard for me to imagine that someone completely unfamiliar with his works would create such a splendid design.
By the way, if all my writing about Dostoevsky made you curious, you can exit the station and get to Dostoevsky museum that sits right above it, on, guess what - Doestoevskogo street. Who knows? Maybe the great writer will eventually own me some referrals commission?
The station has only one significant disadvantage - it's not connected to the ring line of Moscow metro ("Koltsevaya"). In a distant future, it's planned to build "Suvorovskaya" station nearby that will connect Dostoevskaya to the ring. So far, you'll have to travel further towards the center of the subway and change stations from there.
However, I see it only as a minor disadvantage, plus I truly believe you should visit the place just to gaze at its marvelous design. By the way, it can very well be that you'll actually need to go there on day.
You see, the station is conveniently located right near Russian Army Theater and the Central Museum of Armed Forces. Both are nice to visit if you ask me, and I'll surely write articles about those in the future.
In addition, from Dostoevskaya you can get to Ekaterininsky park, at least what's left of it. It doesn't look like much these days, but you can still go there if you want a little rest from the crazy rhythm of the big city.
Also, if you go through the park, you will get to Olimpiyskiy stadium which constantly hosts all kinds of events and a very nice book fair takes place there in the morning almost daily.
I would strongly suggest you to visit Dostoevskaya....it has a great design, it's conveniently located - and it's not too crowded as you can see from the photos.
I do hope you will enjoy your visit, and if you become a fan of Dostoevsky then you can buy all of his books at Olimpiyskiy book fair 😉
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