Usually when I take the metro, I hardly ever look around or take time to stop and take in where i am. There are many reasons i do this, one of them being I don’t want to attract attention (as I already get too much of it) and also I’m just not comfortable in the underground, there’s an eeriness about being there, all by myself, exposed!
However today, I did stop and take note, because everyone knows that Moscow, with all it’s ugliness (it really is not the prettiest city in the world – sorry); it is known for it’s beautiful metros- architecture, art work and mosaics. This station stopped me in my tracks. It was worth the touristic stares.
The station was built in 1954 and it was the first subway station that was finished after the rule of Joseph Stalin. It’s richly decorated showing Baroque influences and inspiration from Ukrainian life and folk motifs.
According to the official Moscow Metro Line site, the pylons of the station hall are faced with Koelga marble and elaborately patterned ceramic tile with a Ukranian pattern. It really is ornately designed and just beautiful.
I can’t wait to get a better camera (on my iPhone at the moment) and do what any visiting Muscovite does, take a journey in Moscow’s historic and beautifully decorated underground.
For more on this, have a read at (http://www.moscow-russia-insiders-guide.com/moscow-kievskaya.html)
The Kievskaya metro station is named for the Kievskaya Rail Terminal, to which the station connects directly.
The plastered ceiling is decorated with a series of frescoes depicting life in Ukraine (sculptor G.Opryshko). The station features white and grey marble track walls, grey granite floor and a number of frescoes with the scenes of a happy life in Ukraine.