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A day in the life of a Moscow Metro station bench

The series “A day in a bench's life” was created at Rizhskaya Metro station in Moscow. So many stories, comedies, and dramas unfold here every day. Just imagine how much this bench has witnessed since 1958, when the station first opened its doors!
By Andrey Kalmykov, special to RBTH
The series «One Day in the Life of a Bench» was created at Rizhskaya Metro station in Moscow. So many stories, comedies, and dramas unfold here every day. Just imagine how much this bench has witnessed since 1958, when the station first opened its doors!
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Andrey Kalmykov

The series «One Day in the Life of a Bench» was created at Rizhskaya Metro station in Moscow. So many stories, comedies, and dramas unfold here every day. Just imagine how much this bench has witnessed since 1958, when the station first opened its doors!
Rizhskaya is named not only after the eponymous railway station next-door, but also after Riga, from which the word derives. There are many reminders of the Latvian capital. Above each bench there are faint reliefs depicting the architectural landmarks of Riga and other Latvian towns and cities.

Andrey Kalmykov

Rizhskaya is named not only after the eponymous railway station next-door, but also after Riga, from which the word derives. There are many reminders of the Latvian capital. Above each bench there are faint reliefs depicting the architectural landmarks of Riga and other Latvian towns and cities.
These ornamented tiles were made by an unknown Latvian master craftsman, while the overall architectural ensemble was the work of the Latvian architects Reinfelds and Apsitis.

Andrey Kalmykov

These ornamented tiles were made by an unknown Latvian master craftsman, while the overall architectural ensemble was the work of the Latvian architects Reinfelds and Apsitis.
The Moscow Metro first opened in 1935, and was far smaller than today — a mere 13 stations. The first lines were Sokolnicheskaya and Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya, which are still very much in operation.

Andrey Kalmykov

The Moscow Metro first opened in 1935, and was far smaller than today — a mere 13 stations. The first lines were Sokolnicheskaya and Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya, which are still very much in operation.
Today the Moscow Metro has 195 stations, 44 of which are officially classified as "objects of cultural heritage." A further 79 stations are due to be built by 2020.

Andrey Kalmykov

Today the Moscow Metro has 195 stations, 44 of which are officially classified as "objects of cultural heritage." A further 79 stations are due to be built by 2020.
The Moscow Metro is developing, growing, and moving to the suburbs... and becoming less like a museum or architectural landmark.

Andrey Kalmykov

The Moscow Metro is developing, growing, and moving to the suburbs... and becoming less like a museum or architectural landmark.
These days functionality tops beauty. Modern stations are more likely to be finished with concrete, metal, and ceramics that with marble, mosaics, and stained glass.

Andrey Kalmykov

These days functionality tops beauty. Modern stations are more likely to be finished with concrete, metal, and ceramics that with marble, mosaics, and stained glass.
That is the reason why Muscovites and visitors are so fond of the old stations, which are located in the city center. Each was individually designed and crafted by the finest architects of the USSR.

Andrey Kalmykov

That is the reason why Muscovites and visitors are so fond of the old stations, which are located in the city center. Each was individually designed and crafted by the finest architects of the USSR.
Camera-laden tourists snapping each and every panel, sculpture, and chandelier are a common sight here.

Andrey Kalmykov

Camera-laden tourists snapping each and every panel, sculpture, and chandelier are a common sight here.
The Moscow Metro is not only beautiful, but also educational. The facing of some stations contains traces of microorganisms and fossils.

Andrey Kalmykov

The Moscow Metro is not only beautiful, but also educational. The facing of some stations contains traces of microorganisms and fossils.
And the shells of ancient mollusks, nautiluses, and ammonites can be found in the columns of Komsomolskaya and Dobryninskaya stations and more than 20 others.

Andrey Kalmykov

And the shells of ancient mollusks, nautiluses, and ammonites can be found in the columns of Komsomolskaya and Dobryninskaya stations and more than 20 others.
The Moscow Metro is becoming more utilitarian: the trains on most lines now have free Wi-Fi. After hooking up, you'll be taken to the home page of vmet.ro, where you can read the latest news or even watch a movie.

Andrey Kalmykov

The Moscow Metro is becoming more utilitarian: the trains on most lines now have free Wi-Fi. After hooking up, you'll be taken to the home page of vmet.ro, where you can read the latest news or even watch a movie.
October 9, 2014
Tags: metro, society, photography

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