These photos of Saint Petersburg and Moscow Metro system were taken by Russian photographer Andrey Kruglikov, also known as subwayspecial on Instagram. They highlight the rich architecture that Muscovites see on their daily commutes.

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Most of these stations were built during the Soviet Union, and the most extravagants with marble walls, grandiose chandeliers and wonderful reliefs were opened before Cold War era.

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Kruglikov uses a Sony DSC-RX1 with a Zeiss 35/2.0 lens for these photos.

Kropotkinskaya, Moscow, designed by Alexey Dushkin and Ya. Likhtenberg, opened on 15 May 1935

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Okhothy Ryad, Moscow, designed by Yuri Revkovsky, N. Borov and G. Zamskoy, opened on 15 May 1935

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Ploshchad Revolyutsii, Moscow, designed by Alexey Dushkin, opened in March 13, 1938

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Aeroport, Moscow, designed by B. Vilensky and V. Yershov, opened on 11 September 1938

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Mayakovskaya, Moscow, opened on September 11, 1938

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Sokol, Moscow, designed by K. Yakovlev, V. Polikarpova and V. Andreev, opened on 11 September 1938

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Elektrozavodskaya, Moscow, designed by Vladimir Shchuko, Vladimir Gelfreich and Igor Rozhin, opened on 15 May 1944

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Taganskaya, Moscow, designed by K. Ryzhkov and A. Medvedev, opened on 1 January 1950

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Kurskaya, Moscow, designed by G. Zakharkov and Z. Chernysheva, opened on 1 January 1950

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Novoslobodskaya, Moscow, designed by Alexey Dushkin and Alexander Strelkov, opened on 30 January 1952

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Komsomolskaya, Moscow, designed by Alexey Shchusev, opened on 30 January 1952

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Prospekt Mira, Moscow, designed by Vladimir Gelfreykh and Mikhail Minkus, opened on 30 January 1952

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Krasnopresnenskaya, Moscow, designed by V. Yegerev, M. Konstantinov, Felix Novikov and I. Pokrovsky, opened on 14 March 1954

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Baltiyskaya, Saint Petersburg, opened on 15 November 1955

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Avtovo, Saint Petersburg, designed by Y. A. Levinson, opened on November 15, 1955

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Ploshchad Vosstaniya, Saint Petersburg, opened on November 15, 1955

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Frunzenskaya, Moscow, opened on 1 May 1957

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Elektrosila, Saint Petersburg, opened on 29 April 1961

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Tekhnologicheskiy Institut, Saint Petersburg, opened on 29 April 1961

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Petrogradskaya, Saint Petersburg, designed by Andreev Moskalenko, opened on July 1, 1963

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Ploschad Aleksandra Nevskogo I, Saint Petersburg, opened on November 3, 1967

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Yelizarovskaya, Saint Petersburg, opened on December 21, 1970

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Barrikadnaya, Moscow, opened on December 30, 1972

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Begovaya, Moscow, designed by V. Cheremin, opened on 30 December 1972

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Pushkinskaya, Moscow, opened on 17 December 1975

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Ploschad Muzhestva, Saint Petersburg, opened on December 31, 1975

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Prospekt Veteranov, Saint Petersburg, opened on September 29, 1977

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Primorskaya, Saint Petersburg, designed by V. N. Sokolov, M. I. Starodubov and V. A. Penno, opened on 28 September 1979

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Shabolovskaya, Moscow, opened on November 6, 1980

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Obukhovo, Saint Petersburg, opened on July 10, 1981

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Chertanovskaya, Moscow, designed by Nina Alyoshina, opened on November 8, 1983

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Tulskaya, Moscow, opened on November 8, 1983

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Tsaritsyno (it was known as Lenino until 1990), Moscow, opened on 30 December 1983

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Orekhovo, Moscow, designed by L. Popov, V. Volovich and G. Mun. Both, opened on 30 December 1984

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Krasnogvardeyskaya, Moscow, designed by I. Petukhova and N. Shumakov, opened on September 7, 1985

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Tsvetnoy Bulvar, Moscow, opened in 31 December 1988

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Mendeleevskaya, Moscow, opened on December 31, 1988

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Bulvar Rokossovskogo, Moscow, opened in August 1, 1990

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Otradnoye, Moscow, opened on March 1, 1991

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Rimskaya Station, Moscow, opened on 28 December 1995

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Bratislavskaya, Moscow, designed by A. Orlov and A. Nekrasov, opened on 25 December 1996

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Annino, Moscow, opened on 12 December 2001

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Park Pobedy, Moscow, opened on May 6, 2003

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Slavyansky Bulvar, Moscow, opened on September 7, 2008

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Volokolamskaya, Moscow, opened on 26 December 2009

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Dostoyevskaya, Moscow, opened on 19 June 2010

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Borisovo, Moscow, opened in December 2, 2011

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Shipilovskaya, Moscow, opened on 2 December 2011

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Novokosino, Moscow, opened on August 30, 2012

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