Teatralna metro station – Metro Monday
Inspired by Becky’s Photo Friday series of photos of the Moscow metro stations on her blog Trekking with Becky, we’ve decided to do a similar set of posts and photo albums about some of Kyiv’s metro stations. Like many metro systems from the ex-Soviet Union, the metro stations are all unique and decorated in different styles, with carvings, murals, tiles and some awesome architecture.
Kyiv metro is made up of three line: red, green and blue, snaking out from the centre of the city. It was only opened in 1960 but still seems old compared to the Bangkok metro that we travelled on for the 18 months before moving to Kyiv.
We live next to the Teatralna metro station, so let’s begin there.
Teatralna metro station was a late arrival to the Kyiv metro system, opening in 1987, to act as a transfer station between the red and green lines. At the time of opening, it was called Leninska, after Lenin obviously. In 1992, as the monuments to socialism were being removed after Ukrainian Independence, the station was renamed Teatralna, since it’s next to one of Kyiv’s big theatres.
The metro station is quite deep underground (the Kyiv metro system includes the deepest metro station in the world, Arsenalna, where we’ll take you in another post), so you first have to spend rather a long time travelling on the long escalators.
At the bottom of the escalators, at the end of the hall between the platforms is a huge mural of a theatre, which I think is really cool. Interestingly, however, this covers a big bronze base relief of Lenin, and was only put in in 2014.
There also used to be base relief carvings of Lenin and quotes on the big marble columns between the platforms, but these have also been covered up.
What does still exist, however, is some communist-looking base relief at the top of the escalators. They remind me of posters that were all around Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.