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Photo Friday: Avtovo – The Most Beautiful Subway Station

Avtovo, in St. Petersburg, is the most beautiful subway station I have ever seen.  I never thought that I would use the adjective “beautiful” for a subway station, but when I came to Russia last year, that changed pretty quickly.

I’m still not finished my Moscow metro station conquest, and I didn’t get to see all of St. Petersburg’s, but I’m confident that even when I do finish all the Moscow stations, Avtovo will still be the prettiest subway station I’ve ever seen.  Don’t get me wrong, many other stations are incredible and beautiful, but they are in different ways.  Komsomolskaya is amazing for the historic mosaics and Novoslobodskaya for the stained glass, but Avtovo is in a class of its own.

Looking down the Avtovo tunnel; “B” is the “V” sound in Russian.

I admit that when I first got off the train and looked down the tunnel, I didn’t think Avtovo was going to be one of the best.

After all, it’s one of the older stations having opened on November 15th, 1955.  Also, since it’s the third station from the bottom of the red line, I wasn’t expecting it to be exceptional.  Stations toward the end of lines usually aren’t among the more impressive ones.

Looking down the track, I wasn’t surprised to see the gorgeous chandeliers, but my jaw dropped when I turned around and walked down the platform, my jaw dropped. ↓


Doesn’t Avtovo seem like a palace?


When the trains weren’t coming and going, I forgot that I was actually standing on a subway platform.  Walking down Avtovo’s platform made me feel like I was in a palace, but the columns are what really did it for me.  At first, I thought the grey columns were steel, but as I got closer, I realized that they’re GLASS!  Look! 😀 ↓



What would a detailed, ornate class column from 1955 Russia be without a communist star?



As you can see in the previous photo of the platform, the columns toward the end are marble. Apparently, they were only supposed to be temporary.  I think they look nice behind the glass ones.  What do you think?

I can’t think of a single metro station in Russia that doesn’t have marble.  Also, now that I think about it, all the old metro stations I’ve seen have a communist star or some sort of communist symbolism.  Most of them also have some kind of mosaic artwork, and here is Avtovo’s at the end of the platform behind the marble columns. ↓


The mosaic commemorates the Leningrad Blockade from 1941-1944.  It reminds me of the mosaic at the end of the Novoslobodskaya station platform.  Here’s a close-up. ↓


I can’t let you go without showing you this station’s ventilation grilles.  I was surprised to see that they don’t represent communism like others I’ve seen, like Prospect Mira’s for example.



Is Avtovo the most beautiful

subway station you’ve ever seen?



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I not often go to this metro station, sometimes to my busyness. The first time I’ve been there I was surprised – why are so many decoration on the utilitarian place like a station for metro passengers? No doubt it was very expensive in those times,10 years after the war. But I think many people arriving there by train felt themselves like in a palace.


So intricate and lovely!
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Gorgeous! Who would have thought you’d find this in an old subway station in Russia? I’d love to visit someday, but with politics are going, who knows if that will ever happen? I kind of fell in love with the idea of visiting Russia after seeing the movie Anastasia as a kid. Plus the architecture there? *swoon* Thanks for sharing!

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Bill Nicholls

I must admit I have never seen another satation like it. I’d love to see it for real


I love finding surprises like this when travelling! This subway station is almost worthy of being a destination in its own right.


I have been there! It is lovely! thanks for sharing!


Holy wow! That is insane! I think Copenhagen needs to up their Metro game! Thank for you showing the detail up close – I did not think that was glass at first glance either and I love that mosaic. Super beautiful! Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles, Erin

Alex - My LIfe Long Holiday

I think St Petersburg is worth visiting even if only to see their underground! Goodness only knows what the over-ground is like! Thanks for sharing your photo’s! #farawayflies

Jim ~ ReflectionsEnroute

Totally amazing. You’re really making me want to get to Russia soon! Thanks for linking up this week, #wkendtravelinspiration!


oh my goodness, that is not what I expected a Moscow train station to look like. How opulent and ornate. After your apartment experiences Becky I am surprised you havent moved in! Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles


I’m just… um.. wow… what??? That is amazing. When the ventilation grilles are works of art you know the rest of the place is going to be very, VERY special indeed. Truly incredible – thanks for showing me this! Wow. #FarawayFiles
p.s. Wow!


Yes, it does look like the hall of a palace! I can’t believe those columns are made of glass. What a joy to use such a beautiful place daily (for residents) for such a common task as taking a train. I guess that is why I like Europe so much. Everything is grand there. #wkendtravelinspiration


Oh these photos are stunning, you always find and share the most interesting places Becky! – Tasha

California Globetrotter

Wow THAT is a beautiful train station!!! I’ve seen that Russia has many beautiful stations! I wonder if there is a free train tour haha #FarawayFiles


You definitely have my vote – it is a classic beauty

Rhonda Albom

This station is very ornate and beautiful. The ceilings must be very high if there are chandeliers over the trains. With all the vibrations from the trains, the chandeliers must be well attached.


very nice indeed #farawayfiles

Harumi Russell

It does look like a palace! Beautiful!


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