Mother Russia Vol.4 : Moscow Metro

On my first day here, I got a small taste of Moscow, inluding the Kremlin, a small glimpse of Moscow City, and the metro. The metro definitely deserved it’s own post (just like Moscow City does) and today, I finally had the chance to go on a stroll around the metro.

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/200s, f/3.2, ISO 250

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8, 1/15s, f/2.8, ISO 4.0

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8, 1/80s, f/3.2, ISO 200

Opened back in 1935, it now has 203 stations and 11 lines. Many stations built back in the 1930’s-1950’s have impressive architecture that catches the eye, and I personally think that everyone who visits Moscow should take a ride on the metro, and check out the stations. In fact, today, I’ve seen at least 3 or 4 tourist groups with a guide, so I guess that the metro tourism is quite a thing around here, haha.

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/100s, f/3.2, ISO 1600

My metro tour started on the Vystavochnaya (Выставочная) station, located right to the Moscow City (the international business center) and the Afi Mall. The metro station provided a great shelter from the cold weather (not too cold in Moscow terms, but for me, after living 17 years in Israel, it was freezing!). The trains come very often; in about 1.5-2 minutes in some stations, and up to once in 8-10 minutes in others. The Vystavochnaya station is rather new, and was opened in 2005, so it’s style is rather modern.

From the Vystavochnaya station, we traveled to the Kiyevskaya (Киевская) station, a rather old station, opened in 1954. Since it was opened back in the Soviet times, there are many soviet symbols decorating it.

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/100s, f/3.5, ISO 800

Since the lighting was poor, I used the NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8 and NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 lenses, due to their low aperture. Their focal lenghts are also perfect for indoor shots, though I preferred the 28mm.

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/100s, f/3.5, ISO 800

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/100s, f/3.5, ISO 800

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/100s, f/2.2, ISO 500

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/100s, f/2.2, ISO 250

We later continuted to the other stations of the Koltsevaya line (Кольцевая), it means ‘circular line’. Moscow is built in rings, and the Koltsevaya line roughly surrounds the Garden Ring (one of the Moscow’s 4 rings). The stations on this line were opened in 1950-1954, and they feature old styled architecture, mosaics, sculptures, vitrages and chandeliers.

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/100s, f/9, ISO 250

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/100s, f/2.5, ISO 250

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8, 1/100s, f/2.8, ISO 250

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8, 1/100s, f/2.8, ISO 500

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8, 1/50s, f/2.8, ISO 4000

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8, 1/80s, f/2.8, ISO 1000

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8, 1/100s, f/2.8, ISO 800

Although my visit wasn’t on peak time, the metro was very crowded. The followig photos are from the Koltsevaya line stations, I do not remember which photo was taken where haha;

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8, 1/80s, f/3.2, ISO 500

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8, 1/80s, f/6.3, ISO 640

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8, 1/80s, f/3.2, ISO 500

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8, 1/80s, f/6.3, ISO 1000

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8, 1/80s, f/5, ISO 1000

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8, 1/40s, f/3.5, ISO 250

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8, 1/40s, f/2.8, ISO 640

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8, 1/80s, f/2.8, ISO 640

High quality photos will be avaliable on my flickr account soon. 🙂

 

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