Moscow’s Underground Stations

A far cry from the dingy, rat-infested subway stations of New York City, the ornate stations along the Moscow Metro look more like the inside of opera houses or museums than train stops. Designed during the 1930s by some of Russia’s most famous architects, the Moscow-St. Petersburg Metro was one of the USSR’s most extravagant projects. Millions were spent on the construction of the stations, which Stalin called “palaces of the people,” and were meant to double as bomb shelters at the time.
Today, thousands of people pass through the Metro stations daily, but they’re rarely seen or talked about outside of Russia. “I came across them by accident on a few blogs,” says photographer David Burdeny, whose photo series A Bright Future—New Works from Russia documents 30 of the 200 metro stations along the subway line. “They’re really unique in the world, there’s really no advertising them, these beautiful stations aren’t well-known to the rest of the world.”

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