Insights into St Petersburg

“The St Petersburg metro: palaces for the people”

“There are no fortresses the Bolsheviks cannot storm!” So said the popular slogan of the 1930s. After a journey through the stations built across the red line you will be moved to exclaim: “There are no palaces the Bolsheviks cannot build!” The cut-glass columns or the frescos showing the residence of a Russian empress testify to the fact that the architecture of the Leningrad Underground reflects nothing less than the magnificence of the tsars. Besides purely aesthetic beauty, the underground “palaces for the people” reveal different aspects of life in the Soviet Union, such as the veneration of Russian literature or the religion of the socially significant deed. Discover the values of post-war Russia deep below the ground!

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The Birth of the “Blue Express”

«Our Soviet metro exerts a wholesome influence on those who use its services. The majestic architecture of the metro stations, their impeccable cleanliness, the efficient performance of the maintenance personnel and the whole atmosphere prevailing in the metro make a man stand up straight and behave himself…»

“The Opulence of the Red Line”

«The plates on the columns, made of transparent glass, sparkle like crystal. However, the concrete stems of the columns are not seen through the glass. How can that be possible? To achieve this effect, the architects and the engineers of the Leningrad Art Glass Plant moved heaven and earth to find the right shade of glass, but nothing worked…»

St Petersburg Metro Map

As of 2013, St Petersburg metro system operates 5 lines, 6 train depots, 67 stations (among them 7 joint stations), 72 surface pavilions, 243 escalators, 856 turnstile, and 1534 railway carriages. The average speed of trains is 50-60 km/h. The length of the system is 112.5 km. It carries 783 million of passengers annually. The deepest station is Admiralteiskaya on the purple line (86 meters).

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