St.Petersburg Metro is one of the most beautiful in the world. It’s only Moscow metro that can rival it in beauty. Many stations look like underground palaces. All kinds of marble, sculptures, stained glass, and panels can be seen in St.Pete’s metro in abundance.
Besides that, our metro is considered to be the deepest in the world. It goes under the Neva River through marshy soils. The average depth of St.Petersburg metro is 57 meters, and its deepest station Admiralteyskaya is 102 meters deep.
Construction of metro in St.Petersburg was a tremendous challenge from the technical point of view. And despite the fact that the very first ideas of laying metro were suggested before the Revolution, the construction was stated before WWII, and the first stations were opened in St.Petersburg, which was called Leningrad then, only ten years after the end of the War - in 1955. St.Petersburg metro is very young compared to underground railway systems of other European cities: London’s tube appeared in 1863, and Paris metro in 1900.
The oldest station of St.Petersburg metro are on the red line. Those are stations between Avtovo and Ploschad Vosstaniya. The idea of the city’s government and Comrade Stalin himself was that the first line should connect the laboring class district around Kirovsky plant to the city center. Those oldest stations designed when Stalin was alive, amaze with abundance and luxury of decoration.
One of the newest and very centrally located stations – Admiralteyskaya is fascinating in abundance of decoration. And the station Obvodny Kanal is very interesting from the point of view of unusual, modern and very appropriate design.
St.Petersburg now has five metro lines and 72 stations but the city is growing rapidly and therefore the number of stations increases at the same rate.