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Met our tour group at 9:00 on another lovely morning. Our first stop was the Metro. We were very curious as to why this is part of the tour but once there we understood. Our station was filled with exquisite decorations of mosaics and beautiful crystal columns. Due to the city's unique geology, it's one of the deepest subway systems and was built to double as bomb shelters during the Cold War. The cars are extremely clean and we had a quick enjoyable ride. We met our bus and ...
... the platforms.
Soviet planners during the Cold War designed Metro stations to withstand nuclear attack. Hence they are so deep with long escalators down and platforms are shielded by doors ...
... died building the fortress due to appalling conditions and treatment, and later many political prisoners were tortured and killed here. The main entrance is via the Peterstor and you walk around the complex taking in the various buildings including a couple of museums, the prison cells and the main attraction, the Peter and Paul Cathedral with its tall and very thin gold tower perched on top which can be seen from all over St Petersburg. Most of Russia's rulers from Peter the Great ...
... on his part of the conspiracy and had NOT poisoned the food), shot (though not killed), beaten (the conspirators thought they’d beaten him to death), and then thrown through a hole in the ice of the Neva river (where, it turns out, he was still alive and was finally killed by drowning), in a conspiracy led by one of the Yusupov sons, Rasputin’s last hours were not easy ones :)
We then set off for the final site on our whirlwind tour of ...
Tatiana gave us a crash course on how to use the Metro system. With tokens in hand, we visited a few of the "Palaces for the People".
Mayakovskaya - green line - 1967 - mosaics
Ploshchad Vosstaniya - red line - 1955
Avtovo - red line - 1955 - glass
Narvskaya - red line - 1955
Vladimirskaya - red line - 1955