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This is Komsomolskaya station. In Soviet schools children joined Soviet youth organisations. First they joined the Little Octobrists, from age 7-9, then the Young Pioneers. At age 14 children could elect to join the Komsomol, the youth division of the Communist Party. So, at a guess, the name of this station is a reference to the Komsomol division of the Communist party.

It is clearly not 5.30 a.m. in the morning as with my previous posts of Moscow Metro stations. It was actually 5.40 a.m. when I took this, indicating to you just how much of an early bird you have to be if you want to take a photo of the architecture alone (which is after all the main focus of celebration for me, not the people).

It is a station on the Koltsevaya line, between Prospekt Mira and Kurskaya stations. Komsomolskaya, was designed as an illustration of a historical speech given by Stalin on November 7, 1941. In this speech, Stalin evoked the memories of Alexander Nevsky, Dmitry Donskoy and other military leaders of the past, and these historical figures appear on the mosaics of Komsomolskaya station.

The early design of the station can be traced to Petrine baroque in the original plans, which was an adaptation of a 17th century Dutch style. However, after the end of World War II the original plans were discarded and the station was completed in the mainstream late Stalinist style of the period.

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