Teatralnaya

Nikolai Galkin/TASS
The architecture of this station, which was the last work of Ivan Fomin (we have seen his Krasnye Vorota before), is perfectly beautiful. Fomin's main idea was that the station's decor should reflect its life above-ground. Teatralnaya (theatrical) is built like a theatre house with columns for the wings. Fomin wrote that the station "would serve as the anteroom for Teatralnaya Ploschad (Teatralnaya Square), expressing the cumulative joy of the liberated creative impulse of all the peoples of our country." The station even has its own actors: the porcelain figurines in the rhomboid caissons of the central vault represent exponents of Soviet ethnic groups, dancing and playing musical instruments.