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 105.5 meters (346 feet) below street level.
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 three
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 around 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 built until 1960, 35 years after Moscow’s subway first
The one billionth passenger travelled 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.
Metal, wood, granite, marble, and other materials were brought to Kiev from across the USSR.
Some stations have murals, like this one that looks like a theatre, in Teatralna, the nearest stop to Kiev’s opera house.
Many 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.”
Kiev is home to the world’s deepest subway station: Arsenalna, which is 105.5 meters (346 feet) below street level.
The system contains beautiful mosaics, like these ones at Zoloti Vorota.
Such is Kiev’s love for its subway system, the city even has a museum for the metro, where you can buy things like sweaters that say “Do not lean” in Ukrainian.
Many of the stations have chandelier light fixtures.
And others have more unusual, futuristic designs. Pecherska, south of Kiev’s city centre, has these striking spotlights.
Some stations are dark and sleek, with modern lighting fixtures. Slavutych features these industrial-chic pillars.
While 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.
There 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.
The trains themselves are also brightly colored, and are painted in the blue and yellow colors of the Ukrainian flag.
The entrances of many of the stations are
also beautiful. Vokzalna, which is attached to Kiev’s main railway
station, features a neoclassical frontage.
The subway may date back to the 1960s, but it takes modern payment methods.
The system is also filled with seating. In
this photo, a passenger takes a load off at the station of Dvorets
Sporta, or Palace of Sport.
The escalators are well-lit, with
illuminated advertisements on the sides. Here, a group of supporters of
Spanish side Real Madrid enter a station ahead of the 2018 Champions
League final, which was held in the city.
The cost of all these grand chandeliers, cavernous platforms, and intricate mosaics? $0.30 per ride.