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9 great public transit options for sightseeing

By: Josh Lew on Sept. 3, 2013, 3:36 p.m.
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Moscow's subway stations

Sometimes it is not what you see outside of a train or bus window that makes a public transportation system a great sightseeing tool. In some of Moscow's busiest subway stations, the art is as interesting as what you would find in any of the city's museums. These transit hubs are nothing like the cement and tile stations you'd expect. They have chandeliers, intricate sculptures and inlays, arches, and original artwork created by some of Russia's best and most-famous artists. 

Built in 1935, the Komsomolskaya Station looks more like a Byzantine palace than a commuter hub. It has marble arches and historic murals on the dome-like ceiling. Novoslobodskaya Station is known for its stained glass panels, and Kievskaya Station features museum worthy paintings. Other stations in the network feature murals from Soviet-era Russia and even pictures that depict historic events in pre-communist Tzarist Russia.