The first time a visitor decides to use the Russian Metro to get to a tourist destination - they discover IT is a tourist destination.
When you walk into the main stations -
particularly in Moscow you will find the most beautiful, opulent subway
system in the world! It's hard not to think that you must be lost -
having made a wrong turn somewhere and ending up in a Palace hall.
Komsomolskaya Metro Station in Moscow - one of the city's many gorgeous stations.
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The entrance to Sochi's Railway station
This is one of the most striking things about Russia's architecture from the Soviet era - the government buildings/facilities are some of the most elaborate I've ever seen while on the other side housing for the population is downright depressing.
More on that later.