Zoloti Vorota Metro – the most beautiful metro in Kyiv

After we published the first in our Metro Monday series on the metro stations in Kyiv, people started telling us about Zoloti Vorota metro, next to Golden Gate, Kyiv. It was the most beautiful, they all said. In fact, a quick Google found that the Daily Telegraph named it as one of the 22 most impressive underground railway stations in Europe back in 2013.

That sounded like it was worth a blog post so we set out to have a look. It’s definitely one of the cool things to do in Kyiv.

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Zoloti Vorota Metro Station

Zoloti Vorota actually means ‘Golden Gate’. This was the site of the main gate to Kyiv in the 11th century, although the structure standing there now is a reconstruction.

The metro at Golden Gate, Kyiv has been decorated in the theme of ancient Rus, with mosaics, arcs, and vestibules in the style of castles. It’s really impressive.

escalator down to the metro station

Coming down the first escalator, you are faced with a huge mosaic panel which you go under and into a domed vestibule. The walls have fake windows and candle style lights the give the impression that you are in an ancient castle. Interestingly, this vestibule was apparently constructed above ground and lowered down to its level later.

vestibule decorated
Beautiful mosaics depicting scenes from Golden Gate, Kyiv

Through there, you go down the second escalator. The Zoloti Vorota metro station is built into a hill and the platforms are very deep. Thus, two separate escalators are needed, taking you around 300 feet down. At the foot of this escalator is another huge mosaic panel, and then the main concourse.

For more on Kyiv metro stations, check out our post on Teatralna, which also has some spectacular decorations and an interesting history. You might also enjoy Osokorky metro station for its street art.

mosaic of the Virgin Mary and Jesus

The whole space is made up of curved columns, each decorated with mosaics depicting the history of Kievan Rus, including pictures of the various Grand Princes including Vladimir the Great, who converted Kiev to Christianity and ancient Kievan Rus churches, as well as mythical creatures from Slavic mythology.

Mosiac of old priest
Mosaic of old monk
zolota vorota metro station mosiacs

The lights in Kyiv metro stations are often completely different, and in Zoloti Vorota metro, the lights are huge chandeliers, holding lights in the shape of candles, making it feel as if you are indeed in an ancient building.

Platform of Golden Gate metro station Kyiv

The Zoloti Vorota metro has two entrances/exits, one at either end of the concourse, with different mosaic panels at each end, including St Michael, the patron saint of Kyiv, and St George, from the coat of arms of Moscow.

Mosiac of St George killing a dragon

The entrance to the Zoloti Vorota metro also has a big exhibition of photos of the metro’s construction and the dates of all the stations opening.

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2 Responses

  1. Wow Ukraine also has amazing metro stations like in Russia! Hope to see these too and make it to Russia! #feetdotravel

  2. Oh my, so pretty! Taking the metro would be like going to a museum. I love the fake windows and “middle ages” styled mosaics!

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