Tsvetnoy Boulevard Moscow Metro Station

Tsvetnoy Boulevard Moscow metro station is one of the more recent ones - it was built in 1988. Yes, I know, 20 years seem like a lot of time, but only if you're not talking about Moscow metro.

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After all, most of the stations were built decades ago, so Tsvetnoy Boulevard is pretty new if you ask me. Well, what do you know - I guess everything IS relative :)

Anyways, the station itself is quite pretty, it has several glass mosaics and is definitely worth visiting. However, the mosaics and panels are not the only good things about it.

First of all, you can cross to adjacent Trubnaya station which was built only recently - at the end of 2007. From there, it's only one stop to another new station, Dostoevskaya. Check it out if you're a fan of Fyodor Dostoevsky, the famous Russian writer.

Glass mosaic on Tsvetnoy Boulevard metro station in Moscow. By Moscow Russia Insider's Guide.

Glass mosaic on Tsvetnoy Boulevard station.

If you aren't a fan of Dostoevsky, just stay on Trubnaya and look around, there are some very pretty glass mosaics. They are the work of the famous architect Zurab Tsereteli, the guy who has made his name on designing all kinds of things in Moscow. By the way, he's the one who created Peter the Great Statue on Moskva River.

Trubnaya metro station in Moscow. By Moscow Russia Insider's Guide.

Hall of Trubnaya station.

The glass mosaics picture all kinds of churches. If you look closely, you will see that many of them lack the crosses on their domes. I don't know if it's true, but I read somewhere that the people brought their own crucifixes and somehow sticked them into the mosaic. Later on, Moscow metro management decided not to remove them.

Glass mosaic on Trubnaya station. By Moscow Russia Insider's Guide.

Churches on the glass mosaic.

Again, I don't know how much of that story is true, but if you look the photos closely you will see that some of the domes do have metal crucifixes above them. What can I say - the mysterious Russian soul sometimes surprises even me...

If you exit Trubnaya metro station, you will get to the beginning of Tsvetnoy Boulevard after which the station is named. So, if you're planning a long, slow, delightful walk, you should better take that route.

If, on the other hand, you're not planning to walk all that distance on feet, you should exit the metro station, and then you'll find yourself somewhere in the middle of the boulevard.

The circus on Tsvetnoy Boulevard in Moscow. By Moscow Russia Insider's Guide.

Nikulin's Circus.

The place is old, very old. The boulevard has been around since the beginning of 19th century - for 200 years! It has always been a popular recreation spot for Muscovites. By the way, the boulevard replaced Neglinka river that was put in the underground tubes and now runs below Alexander Garden.

Once you've made it to the station, keep in mind that you absolutely must get to the circus. It's quite old and very famous, and one of the clowns who worked there, Yuri Nikulin, was a true Soviet movie star. He played in lots of films, plus he managed the circus for many years. In fact, the circus's full name is "Nikulin's Circus on Tsvetnoy Boulevard", so you must have an idea how famous Yuri Nikulin was.

Yuri Nikulin monument near Tsvetnoy Boulevard Moscow metro station. By Moscow Russia Insider's Guide.

The famous monument to Yuri Nikulin.

He was one of my favorite Soviet actors. Despite all the fame, Nikulin always remained a kind and simple man who didn't really care about worldly things. He lived and worked for art, and I think he was truly happy. Too bad he isn't with us anymore...

In year 2000, a peculiar sculpture was set near the circus. It portrays Nikulin getting out of a car, just like the one featured in a very famous Soviet comedy "Kidnapping, Caucasian Style". Yuri Nikulin played there as well, and it was one of his most well-known roles.

The monument is made from bronze and weighs around 3,5 tons! It has become popular right away, because every Russian knows and loves Yuri Nikulin. I've seen many people taking photos near the sculpture, which means that part of the Soviet legacy hasn't faded yet. Well, this time I think it's for the good!

If you cross the road, you will get right to the center of Tsvetnoy Boulevard, with all the things every decent boulevard must have - trees, benches, flowers and a fountain in the middle. It's a very nice place that Muscovites love to come to.

Fountain on Tsvetnoy Boulevard in Moscow. By Moscow Russia Insider's Guide.

The fountain.

Recently, it was renewed. For example, the fountain was designed to fit the circus theme - a clown under a holey umbrella from which the water flows down. Yikes, I wouldn't want to get under one of Moscow showers if my umbrella was like that!

In addition, there are several more clowns sculptures set around the square. What I liked the most were not the clowns themselves, but a huge, opened artistic suitcase with Nikulin's clown shoe and hat on top of it. And of course - those were again made by Zurab Tsereteli.

Monument on Tsvetnoy Boulevard in Moscow - Yuri Nikulin's suitcase. By Moscow Russia Insider's Guide.

Just like in circus...

To sum it up, it's worth visiting Tsvetnoy Boulevard, both under- and above ground. Don't forget about Trubnaya and Dostoevskaya stations - they can surely add more flavor to your Moscow metro experience.

Status of a clown on Tsvetnoy Boulevard in Moscow. By Moscow Russia Insider's Guide.

One of the clowns from the composition near the fountain.

Oh, and here's the homework for today - read "Crime and Punishment" and watch all Yuri Nikulin's movies. After all, you do have to come prepared, right? :)


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