Photographer's Note

The Moscow metro is well known for the ornate design of many of it's stations. They are excellent examples of socialist realist art.

This photo was taken in Prospekt Mira station on the Koltsevaya line - the 20km long ring line which encircles central Moscow.

The 12 stations on the Koltsevaya line are the most ornate and they were built between 1950 and 1954 during the 4th stage of development of the metro system. The original development map of the Moscow metro system had only lines radiating out from the centre. Apparently Stalin placed a cup of coffee on this original map and it left a brown circle mark which is credited with being the inspiration for this ring line - and hence the Koltsevaya line (also known as line 5) is brown on the metro map.

The Moscow metro trains run so frequently (every 90seconds in peak hour) there is no timetable. They carry 2.5billion passengers per year and are second only to the Tokyo subway system as the most heavily used rapid transport system in the world.

Many visitors to Moscow make a trip around the Koltsevaya line getting off at each station to admire the different ornate designs. If they decide to venture upstairs and above at this station this is what they will see - thanks Elena

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