Until I make it to Belarus, Moscow’s Belorusskaya (bell-oh-roose-kaya) subway stations are the closest I’m going to get, especially the one on the circle line. They were named after the nearby Belorusski railway station where you can take a train to Belarus and to western Europe. It is also where you catch the Aeroexpress train to Sheremetyevo International (SVO) Airport.
As you’ve noticed, I wrote stations. This is because there are two Belorusskaya subway stations. The one on the circle line is one of my favourites, but you gotta see Belorusskaya station on the dark green line as well. It’s only one station away from Mayakoskaya.
I recommend making your way to Belorusskaya from there and then transferring to the circle line. After Belorusskaya is Novoslobodskaya, followed by Prospekt Mira, Komsomolskaya, and others, including Taganskaya.
Anyway, that’s the route we’re going to take for this quick tour for the two Belorusskayas for this week’s Photo Friday. Let’s start with a view of the platform on the dark green line. ↓
This one was opened in 1938, but you’d never know looking at it because it looks so modern and fresh. I don’t know about the bronze floor lamps, but I read that the floor used to be decorated with Belorussian national designs. Now, as you can see, it’s covered in black and grey square marble tiles. The walls are also marble like so many other Moscow metro stations.
Also like a lot of other stations, like Baumanskaya on the dark blue line and Komsomolskaya on the circle line, you’ll spot Lenin and/or other symbols of communism since this station (as well as the one on the circle line) was completed during the Stalin era.
When you’re transferring, you’ll come across this statue dedicated to Belorussian partisans. I think that the ceiling lights, two of the same bronze floor lamps, and the decor on the archways enhance and complement the statue. ↓
Before you head down the stairs to the circle line Belorusskaya platform, take a look at the archway. 😀 The communist hammer and sickle have wheat, leaves, and flowers on both sides, and the Belorussian patterns are a preview of what will greet you on the next platform. ↓
Here we are down the steps and on the circle line Belorusskaya station platform. I love this one! It’s is one of my favourite stations. ↓
It opened in 1952, and I’m guessing that the floor’s Belorussian pattern/design is how the dark green line’s floor used to be before the black and grey marble tile replacement.
I like this station’s white marble better, and the patterned ceiling really goes a long way from the usual smooth ones. My favourite feature is the light fixtures and how they’re supported.
The ceiling’s octagonal mosaics are special. Since the station is named Belorusskaya, they depict Belorussian life and of course, communism under the USSR. There are 12 total, but the first and last mosaics are the same. Here they are. ↓
Does this make you more curious about Belarus
and want to see it?