Komsomolskaya Moscow Metro Station
Komsomolskaya Moscow metro station is one of the most beautiful subway stations we have. In fact, there are two such stations in our metro - one is located on the ring line ("Koltsevaya"), and the other one sits on Sokolnicheskaya line that's colored in red on Moscow metro map.
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If you plan to visit this station, keep in mind that you need the one that sits on the ring line, because it's got much better design. To be honest, its twin is much poorer and "simpler", it looks like just another Moscow metro station. I don't know why it happened, because it was built even before the ring line, but that's the truth. But wait, we'll talk about it a little bit later.
If you get to the "rich" Komsomolskaya Moscow metro station, you will see that it's almost no different from a museum or a palace like Sheremetyev Estate in Ostankino. Each time I see this station, I can't help myself wondering how much money and effort was spent on all that fabulous decor.
Imagine - a huge hall supported by tall columns, so tall you don't even feel you're in the metro. And everywhere you look are beautiful panels, mosaics and ornaments made from smalt and precious stones. Would you ever believe it's only a metro station?
Yes, the panels, the mosaics, the ornaments.....it's hard to believe that it was built in 1952, less than a decade after the end of the World War II. Imagine that everything was still basically lying in ruins - we were only beginning to recover from Nazi invasion back then, and yet - the government was willing to spend as much as necessary to give the people one of the best subways around. Makes you think the communism wasn't such a bad idea after all
Mosaic with Alexander Nevsky.
Anyways, the overall theme of station's decor is the struggle for independence. You will see the pictures of Alexander Nevsky, Minin and Pozharsky. You will also see here the communist leaders such as Lenin. After all, they also sort of fought for Russian independence - independence from capital and capitalists. As for all the commoners who died in GULAGs along the way - the communists were sure that you can't make an omelet without breaking some eggs.
By the way, on one of the station ends there is a mosaic that pictures the Soviet Order of Victory ("Orden Pobedy"). This was the highest award a soldier could receive, similar to American Medal of Honor. If you're interested, you can find it and see it to the tiniest detail.
The Soviet Order of Victory.
No matter what your political and historical views are, the quality of the pictures is astonishing. You can walk the station back and forth for a lot of time, and still not feel like you've seen enough. Unfortunately the station is quite crowded, which may interfere with your trip.
First of all, all the ring stations are mainly used by Muscovites to change the trains, especially on their way to work. Second, Komsomolskaya Moscow metro station has an exit to Komsomolskaya square that is shared by Moscow's main rail terminals - Leningradsky, Yaroslavsky and Kazansky. We even call it "Tree Station Square", and in fact this name is more popular than the official one. No need to say there's a huge flow of people both in- and out of the station.
You know who this is - Lenin.
So, in order to be able to see everything, it's best to visit that station on weekdays, somewhere not in the morning, noon, or evening, because those are the rush hours. It's even better to do it in summer, because that's the time when most of the Muscovites are either on vacation out of the country or have escaped to their dachas.
Once you're done with ring line station, you can travel to the adjacent station. The passage between the two is quite long, but it's also kinda cute. You can imagine yourself visiting a secret Metro 2 bunker or going to meet Joseph Stalin himself - it all depends on what movies you've seen
The passage between two stations - the ring one and the radialnaya.
The passage will lead you to "Komsomolskaya-Radialnaya" metro station, the one that's on "Sokolnicheskaya" line. There's nothing much to say about it, as it has much simpler and cheaper looks, but the cool thing is the station has two levels. The first one is the platform itself, of course, but above it there are galleries that link for example to the passage between the two stations.
Those galleries give you an opportunity to look at the station from above and make some cool photos, but again - unfortunately, there is not much to see there. Well, I guess the communist government wasn't always generous.
That concludes our online tour of Komsomolskaya Moscow metro station, hope you enjoyed your guide and hey - I do hope you'll visit the station one day because frankly it's well worth your time.
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