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Take a look inside Kiev’s astonishing Soviet-era metro system, home to the deepest subway station in the world
The metro system in Kiev, Ukraine’s capital city, is strikingly beautiful. First opened in the 1960s when Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union, it is filled with chandeliers, mosaics, and colorful stone. It also claims to have the deepest subway station in the world at 105 1/2 meters, or 346 feet, below street level. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. The subway system in Ukraine’s capital city is filled with marble, statement lighting, and beautiful artworks. Kiev’s three lines cut across the city, serving its almost 3 million residents, and the system is home to what is claimed to be the world’s deepest subway station, almost 350 feet below street level. The subway carries about 1.3 million people a day and is filled with modern amenities like phone service and information screens. But much of its beauty dates back to when its first stations opened in 1960, when Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union. Here’s what it looks like.Ukraine’s metro was the first one the Soviet Union considered building in the 1880s, but its first stations weren’t finished until 1960, 35 years after Moscow’s subway first opened.Foto: Kiev’s Zoloti Vorota, or “Golden Gate,” subway station in November 2012.sourceSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images The one billionth passenger thought to have traveled through the system in August 1972 – he was stopped and given a free annual ticket from the system’s chief engineer.Soviet-era subway systems are known for being beautifully designed, and Kiev’s metro is no different — its 52 stations are all decorated in a unique fashion, and many feature bright lights and plenty of marble.Foto: Passengers at a platform of the Klovska subway station in Kiev.sourceREUTERS/Gleb Garanich Metal, wood, granite, marble, and other materials were brought to Kiev from across the USSR.Source: Kiev MetroRead more: One of the world’s most beautiful subway systems was illegal to photograph until last year – take a look insideSome stations have murals, like this one that looks like a theater, in Teatralna, the nearest stop to Kiev’s opera house.Foto: A passenger at the Teatralna station in Kiev in February 2016.sourceREUTERS/Gleb GaranichMany of the stations were renamed after Ukraine became independent in 1991. For example, the Red Army station was renamed Ukraine Palace, and the Square of the October Revolution was renamed Independence Square.Foto: The entrance to the Universitet station on April 4, 2016.sourceREUTERS/Gleb GaranichSource: Kiev MetroKiev is home to the world’s deepest subway station, Arsenalna, which is 105 1/2 meters, or 346 feet, below street level.Foto: sourceSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty ImagesSource: Atlas ObscuraThe system contains beautiful mosaics, like these ones at Zoloti Vorota.Foto: The Zoloti Vorota station.sourceSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images Such is Kiev’s love for its subway system that the city even has a museum for the metro, where you can buy things like sweaters that say “Do not lean” in Ukrainian.Source: Kiev MetroMany of the stations have chandelier light fixtures.Foto: Ukrainian children singing Christmas carols in Kiev’s subway in 2014.sourceREUTERS/Gleb GaranichAnd others have more unusual, futuristic designs. Pecherska, south of Kiev’s city center, has these striking spotlights.Foto: sourceREUTERS/Gleb GaranichSome stations are dark and sleek, with modern lighting fixtures. Slavutych features these industrial-chic pillars.Foto: A train at a platform of Slavutych station.sourceREUTERS/Gleb GaranichWhile some of the stations are more minimal, they are still brightly lit and filled with beautiful stone. Lukyanivska, pictured below, features an amazing vaulted ceiling.Foto: sourceREUTERS/Gleb GaranichThere are also statues throughout the network. Teatralna was formerly known as Leninska, or Lenin’s station. It features a statue of, you guessed it, Lenin.Foto: sourceSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty ImagesThe trains themselves are also brightly colored and are painted in the blue and yellow colors of the Ukrainian flag.Foto: A train on a platform of the Osokorky station in Kiev in 2016.sourceREUTERS/Gleb GaranichThe entrances of many of the stations are also beautiful. Vokzalna, which is attached to Kiev’s main railway station, features a neoclassical frontage.Foto: sourceREUTERS/Gleb GaranichThe subway may date back to the 1960s, but it takes modern payment methods.Foto: A passenger swiping a card against a terminal to ride the system in 2017.sourceREUTERS/Gleb GaranichThe system is also filled with seating. In this photo, a passenger took a load off at the station of Dvorets Sporta, or Palace of Sport.Foto: sourceREUTERS/Gleb GaranichThe escalators are well-lit, with illuminated advertisements on the sides. Here, a group of supporters of the Spanish side Real Madrid entered a station ahead of the 2018 Champions League final, which was held in the city.Foto: sourceAP Photo/Andrew KravchenkoThe cost of all these grand chandeliers, cavernous platforms, and intricate mosaics? $0.30 a ride.Foto: Passengers at Kiev’s Zoloti Vorota subway station in September 2018.sourceIgor Golovniov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesThe post Take a look inside Kiev’s astonishing Soviet-era metro system, home to the deepest subway station in the world appeared first on Business Insider Nederland.
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