FACTS ABOUT MOSCOW METRO STATIONS

   

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Salaryevo /Саларьево

   

In the southern entrance of the station is the shortest escalator of the Moscow metro. It lifts passengers by only 3 meters

   
   

Rumyantsevo /Румянцево

   

Rumyantsevo station was terminal for the shortest period of time in the history of Moscow metro: from January, 18th to February, 15th 2016, that is, only 29 days. However, it was terminal only for passengers, not for trains: after having put down the passengers at Rumyantsevo empty trains moved further, till Salarievo station, which was not open yet. There they turned tail and started moving in the opposite direction.

The station, which was terminal for the second shortest period of time, is “Orekhovo” (a total of 8 months). And the station, which served as terminal for the longest period of time and continues to be terminal is Alexandrovskiy sad station

   
   

Troparyovo /Тропарёво

   

The first station of the Moscow metro, which has two points above "Ё" in its name written on the wall. It happened in 2014. Before that time the names of stations having "Ё" in their names (before Troparyovo opening there were 8 such stations) were written without points on the walls.

   
   

Universitet /Университет

   

One of the two Moscow metro stations, whose name is written on the platform wall with a capital letter. The second station is Serpukhovskaya

   
   

Vorobyovy gory /Воробьёвы горы

   

1. The only Moscow metro station and the first subway station in the world, which is located on the bridge, running over the river. South entrance on the station is located on the right (high) bank of the Moscow river. North entrance is located on the left (lower) bank

   

2. The longest station of Moscow metro. Its platform length is 284 meters. It takes 4 minutes to go thought the platform from its beginning to the end

   

3. One of the two Moscow metro stations, which is used as an exhibition hall. The second station is Vystavochnaya

   

4. There was a 19-year long break in the history of the station’s operation. From 1983 to 2002 reconstruction of the bridge took place, during which the station was closed. However, that was not considered as an obstacle to the change of the station's name. Before 1999 the station was called "Leninskiye gory"

   
   

Sportivnaya /Спортивная

   

In 1967 at the southern ground entrance hall of the station (on the second and the third floors) the Moscow metro museum opened its doors. In 2016 the museum moved to Vystavochnaya station

   
   

Kropotkinskaya /Кропоткинская

   

Since 2010, in the framework of the "Night at the metro" event, which is hold once a year in May, night music concerts are held at the station. Good acoustics of the station favors this happening

   
   

Biblioteka imeni Lenina /Библиотека имени Ленина, literally: Lenin library

   

1. The transfer between Biblioteka imeni Lenina and Alexandrovskiy sad stations is the first transfer built in Moscow metro. It operates since 1938

   

2. The station retains its original name Lenin library, despite the fact that the library in 1992 was renamed the Russian State Library

   

3. The name of the station on its platform wall is written in letters of different sizes: the words "BIBLIOTEKA" and "LENINA" are written in capital letters, while "IM." Is written in small letters. That was the writing tradition in the thirties

   
   

Okhotny Riad /Охотный Ряд

   

The station changed its name four times, having established a record in Moscow metro. Since its opening in 1935 to 1955 it had been named Okhotny Ryad, from 1955 to 1957 - Imeni Kaganovicha, from 1957 to 1961 - Okhotny Ryad again, from 1961 to 1990 - Prospekt Marksa

   
   

Lubyanka /Лубянка

   

During the reconstruction of the station in the 1970s the original decoration, designed by architect N.A. Ladovsky, was completely reworked. Currently only a small fragment of the original decoration can be seen at the south-west end wall of the station

   
   

Krasnye Vorota /Красные Ворота

   

The first station of Moscow metro, which was equipped with ticket barriers. It happened in 1952. Prior to this, controllers tore and composted paper tickets manually

   
   

Komsomolskaya /Комсомольская

   

1. It is only in 2016, that the names of the nearby railway termini and stations started to be announced in the cars arriving at the station. And before that time, such an announcement was being made only at Komsomolskaya metro station platform.

This is due to the fact that the names of the railway termini (Leningradskiy, Yaroslavskiy and Kazanskiy) located here are different from the name of the metro station itself. The remaining six Moscow railway termini (Kievskiy, Paveletskiy, Kurskiy, Rizhskiy, Belarusskiy and Savyolovskiy) names are identical to the names of metro termini, which are nearest to them

   

2. The first (and, for a long time, the only) Moscow metro station with pedestrian galleries (balconies) located above the track. Other stations with similar architecture – Bulvar Dmitriya Donskogo, Zyablikovo, Vystavochnaya and Delovoy Tsentr

   

3. The name Komsomolskaya is an absolute champion among metro station names by its incidence. From 1987 to 1992, 8 metro stations and 1 metrotram (premetro) station had such a name

   

4. The ceiling of the station Komsomolskaya is pillared by a record (for Moscow metro) number of columns – 136. 46 of them are installed directly on the station platform and 90 are on the pedestrian galleries (balconies)

   

5. Komsomolskaya station is the first station, at which a train arrived. The first test train from the nearby depot Severnoe stopped at the station on October 1, 1934, seven months before the metro opening

   
   

Sokolniki /Сокольники

   

It is from Sokolniki station, that the first train with passengers in the history of Moscow metro dispatched. It happened on the metro opening day – May 15, 1935. Pyotr Latyshev, engineer from "Red proletarian" factory, was the first passenger of Moscow metro

   
   

Bulvar Rokossovskogo /Бульвар Рокоссовского, literally: Rokossovsky boulevard

   

Bulvar Rokossovskogo street is located at a considerable distance away from the metro station named after it. It makes more than half a kilometer. However, the previous name of the station (until 2014 it was Ulitsa Podbelskogo), which had been used for 22 years, did not have any relevance to the name of the street, on which the station was located, because the street itself (ulitsa Podbelskogo) had changed its name to Ivanteevskaya street back to 1992

     

   
   

Sokol /Сокол

   

It is one of the two stations (the second is Pechatniki), through which new metro cars arrive to the metro. Near the station there is a special track (gateway), connecting metro tracks with Rizhskaya railway. By this track the locomotive, which delivers the cars from Metrovagonmash factory, located in the suburban Mytischi, moves.

Due to the construction of Alabyano-Baltiyskiy tunnel the gateway near the Sokol metro station is temporarily closed

   
   

Dinamo /Динамо

   

In 1940, at the night time, a physical laboratory functioned at the station. Cosmic radiation, which interfered in terrestrial laboratories, could not penetrate to the station, located at 40-meter depth. Thanks to the experiments conducted by physicists G.N. Flyorov and K. Petrzhak, the spontaneous fission of uranium had been discovered

   
   

Mayakovskaya /Маяковская

   

The name of the station on the platform walls is written in the smallest letters. Their height is only 9 centimeters. This is 27 times smaller than the largest caption, which is located at the Solntsevo station. The height of the letters on it is two and a half meters

   
   

Novokuznetskaya /Новокузнецкая

   

At the station, there is the only Moscow metro escalator, the tunnel vault of which is decorated with molding

   
   

Paveletskaya /Павелецкая

   

The longest crossing (150 meters long) between the stations of Moscow metro connects the stations Paveletskaya of Lines 2 and 5

   
   

Tekhnopark /Технопарк

   

Tekhnopark station was opened in 2015 at the operating line between Avtozavodskaya and Kolomenskaya stations. Prior to that trains had been circulating here without stopping for 46 years. This is a record for Moscow metro.

Also, much later than their line "neighbours" the stations Tverskaya (41 years later), Spartak (39 years later) and Shabolovskaya (18 years later) had been opened
 

   
   

Kashirskaya /Каширская

     
   

The platform wall of Kashirskaya station is decorated with the image of another station of Moscow metro – Mayakovskaya

   
   

Kantemirovskaya /Кантемировская

   

One of the two stations of the Moscow metro, the name of which is written in inclined letters on the platform walls.

The second station is Borovskoe shosse

   
   

Tsaritsino /Царицыно

   

In 1990, when the station changed its name from Lenino to Tsaritsyno, some letters from the old platform walls inscriptions were used in the writing of new ones. Until now, the letters "I", "N" and "O" on the platform walls are visibly different from the other

   
   

Alma-Atinskaya /Алма-Атинская

   

Alma-Ata (also known as Almaty) is the most distant (and the only non-European) city, mentioned in the title of Moscow metro stations. Moscow and Alma-Ata are separated by more than 3,000 kilometers

     

   
   

Myakinino /Мякинино

   

1. The only Moscow metro station, which is entirely located outside Moscow boundaries, namely, in the Krasnogorsk district of Moscow region (as opposed to Novokosino and Kotelniki stations, which are located on Moscow border, as well as Rumyantsevo and Salarievo stations, which are located in so-called New Moscow)

   

2. On the station’s platform walls there are the largest letters, forming the name of the station. The letters’ height is about 1 meter

   
   

Strogino /Строгино

   

Distance between Krylatskoe and Strogino stations is the longest in Moscow metro. Its length is 6473 meters. Trains cover the distance in 7 minutes. The distance is 17 times longer than the shortest one (see facts about Mezhdunarodnaya station). The second longest distance (between Volgogradskiy prospekt and Tekstilschiki stations) is two times shorter

   
   

Krylatskoe /Крылатское

   

The first (and for a long time the only) station of Moscow metro with assymmetric decoration. One station wall is flat, with light-beige marbre finishing. Second is semiround, covered with white plastering. The lamps are also placed only on one side of the station. Other stations with assymmetric decoration are - Pyatnitskoe shosse, Bitsevskiy park and Khovrino

   
   

Kuntsevskaya /Кунцевская

   

The passage between Kuntsevskaya stations of Lines 3 and 4 is the only overland transfer hub of Moscow metro

   
   

Park Pobedy /Парк Победы

   

1. The deepest station in Moscow metro (73 meters) with the longest escalators (126 meters). The air pressure difference between the upper and the lower steps of the escalator is 6 mm Hg

   

2. One of the inscriptions featuring the name of the station on its wall differs from others for some reason: near the last car of the train going to the Minskaya station, there is one inscription on an orange background, while the others are placed on a white background.

   
   

Kievskaya /Киевская

   

There is an orthographic mistake on one of the station’s wall paintings. At this painting a Ukrainian girl holds a book. On the book cover one can easily read the name of its author – "I. Сталiн" (“J.Stalin”). This inscription on the book’s cover had been painted out in 50ties, in the framework of de-Stalinization. Nowadays, in 2015, while restoring the wall paintings, it has been decided to restore the inscription. Unfortunately, the renovators did not look into the dictionary of Ukrainian language and the name has been written with a mistake. In fact, in Ukranian the name “Joseph” should be written as "Йосип" or "Йосиф" (“Yosip” or “Yosif”). Thus, the inscription on the book should have been as follows: "Й.Сталин" (“Y.Stalin”)

   
   

Ploschad Revolutsii /Площадь Революции

   

The most famous lucky place of Moscow metro is located at the station: if you rub the nose of the bronze dog, making part of the sculpture "Border guard with a dog" luck will not be long to coming. As a result, all four noses of the station’s bronze dogs are spit-polished

   
   

Elektrozavodskaya /Электрозаводская

   

1. There is a record number of inscriptions with the station’s name on walls and pylons of the station. The inscription is repeated 54 times

   

2. The station is the first transfer from suburban trains to metro which is located not in railroad terminal. Also, that transfer is the only, where firstly the metro station was open (in 1944) and only afterwards the station of suburban trains was built (in 1949)

   
   

Partizanskaya /Партизанская

   

1. It is the widest Moscow metro station, due to its three way architecture. The plan was to use the third way during mass events held at the stadium named after Stalin. The stadium, however, was never built, and now the third way is sometimes used for trains going to/from the nearby depot.

The same is characteristic for Polezhaevskaya station

   

2. Partizanskaya station is the most remote (among Moscow metro stations) from the street of the same name. Partizanskaya street is located 22 kilometers away from the station, not far from Molodyozhnaya

   

3. On the 20th of August, 1963 a unique event took place in Moscow metro: two stations interchanged their names. Two neighboring stations Izmaylovskaya and Izmaylovskiy Park (now Partizanskaya) were involved in this exchange. The exchange was made in order to bring into accordance the name of the metro station with the location of the main entrance to the park

   
   

Pervomayskaya /Первомайская

   

One of the two Moscow metro stations, which were originally located elsewhere. The original station, built in 1954, served as terminal and was located on the surface. Following the eastward extension of the line in 1961, it had been closed to passengers and was converted into a depot. Instead, an underground station was built in the new location.

Another station with the same history – Kaluzhskaya

     

   
   

Aleksandrovsky sad /Александровский сад

   

1. The passage between Biblioteka imeni Lenina and Alexandrovskiy sad stations is the first passage of the Moscow metro. It operates since 1938

   

2. It is the first station in Moscow metro history, which had been renamed. It happened in 1946, when Ulitsa Kominterna (this was the original name of Alexandrovskiy sad station) changed its name to Kalininskaya

   

3. The section Alexandrovskiy sadKievskaya had served as a part of three different metro lines: from 1935 to 1938 – as an offshoot of the Line 1 (at that time the line was single and yet had no number), from 1938 to 1953 – as a part of Line 3, and since 1958 up to the present time – as a part of Line 4

   

4. The station holds the record for the duration of serving as a terminal (from 1958 to the present day). Next comes Schelkovskaya station (from 1963 to the present day).

Among the stations, which are no more terminal, Rechnoy vokzal is the leader – it had served as terminal for over half a century (53 year).

See also the fact about Rumyantsevo station, which served as terminal for the shortest time

   

5. The first (and for a long time the only) curved station in Moscow metro. Other curved stations of Moscow metro are Kutuzovskaya, Vystavochnaya, Mezhdunarodnaya, Zyablikovo and Pyatnitskoe shosse

   
   

Smolenskaya /Смоленская

   

1. The only Moscow metro station, lined with hexagonal tiles

   

2. In July 1941, during one of the air raids, a bomb broke through the tunnel ceiling between Arbatskaya and Smolenskaya stations. The imprint on the ceiling of the tunnel remained intact until nowadays. The incident caused the closure of the subsurface line and the start of the construction of the parallel section of Line 3 with the same station names. But after a while the subsurface line was re-opened, as a part of Line 4. This is the reason why in Moscow metro there are two stations named Smolenskaya and two stations named Arbatskaya with no transfer from one to another

   

3. The underground passage located under Garden Ring road near Smolenskaya station, that nowadays does not have anything to do with metro, once was a part of the station. One could take it in order to get in one of the ground entrance halls, which does not exist anymore. For this reason, the passage is located deeper, than other underground passages and the distances between columns in its middle vary

   
   

Kievskaya /Киевская

   

One of the entrances to the station Kievskaya of Lines 4 and 5 lines was decorated by French architects inspired by the projects of Hector Guimard, who decorated the entrances to the first stations of Paris metro in 1900-1910. In response to this Moscow metro make a present of "Speckled Hen" stained-glass window, which was installed at the station "Madeleine" in Paris

   
   

Fili /Фили

   

1. The only station of Moscow metro, which stands at the junction of tunnel and open tracks

   

2. The names of Fili are the shortest (4 letters) in Moscow metro (except for stations using abbreviations as names)

   
   

Kuntsevskaya /Кунцевская

   

1. The passage between Kuntsevskaya station of Lines 3 and 4 is the only overland interchange node of Moscow metro

   

2. At the station, there is only one way. Trains arrive on it and depart from it. This feature of the station is unique for Moscow metro

   
   

Vystavochnaya /Выставочная

   

1. One of the two Moscow metro stations, which is used as an exhibition hall. The second station is Vorobyovy gory

   

2. In the tunnel between Kievskaya and Vystavochnaya stations there is a part of track with the greatest slope (2.92 degrees) in Moscow metro. With each meter train lowers by 5,1 cm

   

3. At the pedestrian galleries of the station there is a Moscow metro museum (before 2016 the museum had been located for a long time in the ground entrance hall of Sportivnaya station), career center, technical library and metro sightseeing tour agency. Thus, the station can be called “the face of Moscow metro”

   
   

Mezhdunarodnaya /Международная

   

1. The station is equipped with the narrow landing platforms of Moscow metro. The width of the platform is 2.5 meters

   

2. The distance between Vystavochnaya and Mezhdunarodnaya stations is the shortest in Moscow metro. Its length is 379 meters, which is less than an average distance between tram stops in Moscow (read more)

By the way, the shortest distance is 17 times shorter than the longest one (see facts about Strogino station)

     

   
   

Kievskaya /Киевская

   

One of the entrances to the station Kievskaya of Lines 4 and 5 lines was decorated by French architects inspired by the projects of Hector Guimard, who decorated the entrances to the first stations of Paris metro in 1900-1910. In response to this Moscow metro make a present of "Speckled Hen" stained-glass window, which was installed at the station "Madeleine" in Paris

   
   

Dobryninskaya /Добрынинская

   

Peter Dobrynin is the youngest historical figure, among those whose names were used for Moscow metro stations entitlement. He died 22 years old

   
   

Paveletskaya /Павелецкая

   

The longest crossing (150 meters long) between the stations of Moscow metro connects the stations Paveletskaya of Lines 2 and 5

   
   

Taganskaya /Таганская

   

An underground bunker, built in 1956, sides with the station. The bunker, aka "Object GO-42", was built to be used in case of a nuclear attack and operated as an alternate command center of long-range air force until 1995, then it was declassified and turned into museum

   
   

Kurskaya /Курская

   

At the station there is a unique inscription "Курская большого кольца” (“Kurskaya of Big Circle Line") made during the station’s construction in 1950. At that time it was planned to build two circle lines – "Small Circle Line" and "Big Circle Line"

   
   

Komsomolskaya /Комсомольская

   

1. It is only in 2016, that the names of the nearby railway termini and stations started to be announced in the cars arriving at the station. And before that time, such an announcement was being made only at Komsomolskaya metro station platform.

This is due to the fact that the names of the railway termini (Leningradskiy, Yaroslavskiy and Kazanskiy) located here are different from the name of the metro station itself. The remaining six Moscow railway termini (Kievskiy, Paveletskiy, Kurskiy, Rizhskiy, Belarusskiy and Savyolovskiy) names are identical to the names of metro termini, which are nearest to them

   

2. The name Komsomolskaya is an absolute champion among metro station names by its incidence. From 1987 to 1992, 8 metro stations and 1 metrotram (premetro) station had such a name

   
   

Novoslobodskaya /Новослободская

   

Stained-glass windows of the station were made by Latvian artists. For the production they used the glass-work, which was stored at Riga Cathedral and was intended for churches decoration

     

   
   

Kaluzhskaya /Калужская

   

1. One of the two Moscow metro stations, which were originally located elsewhere. The original station, built in 1964, was terminal and located on the surface. Following the extension of the line to the south in 1974, it was closed to passengers and converted into a depot. Instead an underground station at the new place was built.

Another station with the same story is Pervomayskaya

   

2. The station named Kaluzhskaya had been opened three times in Moscow metro, each time in a new place. The first (present Oktyabrskaya of Line 5) was opened in 1950 and was renamed in 1961. The second was opened in 1964 (see previous fact) and closed in 1974. After that the third in a row Kaluzhskaya station was opened, and this one holds the name up to date

   
   

Kitay-gorod /Китай-город

   

At the station there is a cross-platform transfer, which had been first in Moscow metro. In order not to mix up the two stations, the nicknames for each of them were invented: "Crystal" and "Harmonica", deriving from the form of the station’s columns

   
   

Prospekt Mira /Проспект Мира

   

The ground entrance hall on the station is integrated into the building of Moscow metro administration. Here the Moscow metro management works. Thus, the station can be called “the capital of Moscow metro”

   
   

Alekseevskaya /Алексеевская

   

From 1958 to 1966 the station had the shortest name in the history of Moscow metro: Mir (3 letters)

   
   

V.D.N.Ha. /ВДНХ

   

1. The only name among Moscow metro stations names, in which the letters are set in alphabetical order (Russian alphabet)

   

2. The original name of the station (V.S.Ha.V.) was the most short-lived in the history of Moscow metro. It had been used only for a year and a half

   
   

Medvedkovo /Медведково

   

At the tunnel between Babushkinskaya and Medvedkovo stations there is a covered bridge over Yauza river. From inside, it does not differ from the tunnel and therefore stays imperceptible to passengers. From outside the metro bridge is visible enough, there is a walking pass on its top. It is located near the junction of Grekova street and Shokalskogo passway. The other covered metro bridges (there are some more of them in Moscow, see Map of the depths of Moscow metro) are over smaller rivers and are imperceptible even for people passing by

     

   
   

Planernaya /Планерная

   

Currently, the station name sounds like Planernaya. However, from its opening in 1975 and until 1990 the name of the station was pronounced like Planyornaya in the voice announcements in the trains arriving at the station

   
   

Polezhaevskaya /Полежаевская

   

1. The station is equipped with two platforms, one of which is not in use. The second platform was built for the branch leading to Serebryaniy Bor district, but the project of the branch construction was not implemented due to the passenger traffic, which was huge at the line.

However, during the reconstruction of one of the station’s exits, which took place in 2015-2016, the second platform was put in use: it was used by passengers of the trains, coming from Oktyabrskoe pole station. This was done to prevent crowding on a pretty narrow (8 meters) platform.

The situation is similar with the two platforms at the station Partizanskaya

   

2. The name to the station Polezhaevskaya had been given immediately after the death of the outstanding subway constructor Vassiliy Polezhaev. Besides him such an honor was awarded only to Kalinin and Kirov, who are no more presented in the names of Moscow metro stations. Without this death the station would be called Khoroshyovskaya with it name coming from the name of the nearby high road

   
   

Barrikadnaya /Баррикадная

   

The station mirrors which are used by engine drivers to control the door closing, are installed at both the beginning and the end of the platform “from city center”. It is made specifically for the first morning trains. Arriving at the track "from city center" after a night sludge in the tunnel, they depart "to city center", i.e., to the opposite side of the main traffic.

There are similar mirrors at Vikhino station

   
   

Kitay-gorod /Китай-город

   

At the station there is a cross-platform transfer, which had been first in Moscow metro. In order not to mix up the two stations, the nicknames for each of them were invented: "Crystal" and "Harmonica", deriving from the form of the station’s columns

   
   

Tekstilschiki /Текстильщики

   

The station was the only in Moscow metro, where the wall navigation plates were made in unique design, harmonized with the overall decoration of platform walls. Remaining plates were dismantled after the line extension till Zhulebino station in 2013. It postulated a necessity to add the names of two new stations to the platform wall navigation. And in order to unify the navigation design, all the old plates were replaced with standard ones

   
   

Vikhino /Выхино

   

1. The most loaded station of Moscow metro. There is a so-called "effect Vykhino": trains arriving at the station at rush hour are filled up to the extent that at all the next stations, until junction with Line 5, new passengers cannot fit into the train at all

   

2. Two side platforms of Vykhino station do not intercommunicate. Therefore, if one, for example, missed station of one’s destination and arrived to Vykhino, one will either have to go out and re-enter through ticket barriers (thus, paying once more) or to go even further – till the next station, where it will be possible to change the train without re-entering the station

   

3. The only station of Moscow metro, where there is no written name of the station at the station itself. Inexperienced passengers have to ask someone in order to find out at what station they are right now

   

4. The station mirrors which are used by engine drivers to control the door closing, are installed at both the beginning and the end of the platform “from city center”. It is made specifically for some morning and evening trains making turn at the station. The driver of the train that will lead the train in the opposite direction, gets into the last car in advance, at "from city center" platform.

There are similar mirrors at Barrikadnaya station

   
   

Kotelniki /Котельники

   

1. The station is located on the border of three cities: Moscow, Kotelniki and Lyubertsy. There is a separate way out from the station for each city

   

2. Moscow metro lost and found office is located at the station. All items found in trains, at passages and platforms are brought here. In order to inquire forgotten things, one can call +7 495 622-20-85. Till 2015, the lost and found office was located at Universitet station, before 1967 – at Komsomolskaya station

     

   
   

Ploschad Ilyicha /Площадь Ильича, literally: Ilyich square

   

The station retains its original name Ilyich square, despite the fact that the square in 1994 was renamed the Rogozhskaya Zastava square

   
   

Novokosino /Новокосино

   

The subway, which is nearest to Moscow (not taking into account Moscow metro) is Nizhny Novgorod subway. There are 378 km between Novokosino station located in Moscow and Park kultury station located in Nizhny Novgorod. This is only slightly more than the total length of Moscow metro lines

     

   
   

Park Pobedy /Парк Победы

   

1. The deepest station in Moscow metro (73 meters) with the longest escalators (126 meters). The air pressure difference between the upper and the lower steps of the escalator is 6 mm Hg.

According to many sources, the depth of the station is 84 meters, which is incorrect

   

2. One of the inscriptions featuring the name of the station on its wall differs from others for some reason: near the last car of the train going to the Minskaya station, there is one inscription on an orange background, while the others are placed on a white background.

   
   

Lomonosovsky prospekt /Ломоносовский проспект, literally: Lomonosov avenue

   

The station named after the Russian scientist Mikhail Lomonosov is, however, decorated with the results of work of another scientist - an Italian, Fibonacci. The ranges of figures used for the station decoration are the fragments of Fibonacci sequence: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, ...

   
   

Michurinsky prospekt /Мичуринский проспект

   

1. The station was built under a hill slope along the avenue. Because of this, the eastern station wall is located below the ground level, and the western is located above. The architects used this fact to decorate the station more spicily, making the western station wall transparent

   

2. The caption on the outer wall of the station's ground entrance hall is the biggest in the Moscow metro. At the height of the second floor there is an caption "Michurinsky prospekt", made in three-meter letters. This caption is not visible from the station platform, so it is intended only for pedestrians on the street and for drivers passing through cars

   
   

Ozyornaya /Озёрная

   

Even two months before the opening, the station had a completely different name: Ochakovo. It was with this name that the caption on the platform walls were produced of metal and fixed. But during the station technical setting in operation, the ceremony of its renaming took place. On top of the inscription "Ochakovo" temporary signs were installed, and then, hastened, new caption were produced of metal

   
   

Solntsevo /Солнцево

   

On the platform walls there are the largest painted letters that make up the name of Moscow metro station. The height of the letters is about two and a half meters. Due to their large size, it is not convenient to read the caption. So they rather make part of the station’s decoration than of its navigation.

The smallest caption on the platform walls is at the Mayakovskaya station. The height of the letters on it is only 9 centimeters, that is, 27 times less

   
   

Borovskoe shosse /Боровское шоссе

   

One of the two stations of the Moscow metro, the name of which is written in inclined letters on the platform walls. This was done deliberately. As conceived by the architects, the design of the station should resemble a highway, along which the cars race. The inclined font in the station name makes it more “swift”.

The second station is "Kantemirovskaya"

   
   

Rasskazovka /Рассказовка

   

In the square near the station there is a monument to metro-builders. The main element of the monument was a tunnel boring shield. It was this shield that excavate the tunnels to the station.

     

   
   

Bibirevo /Бибирево

   

The first station of Moscow metro, opened after the collapse of the USSR. The opening ceremony took place in 1992. The preceding station (Otradnoe) was opened a year and a half before, during the Soviet era

   
   

Timiryazevskaya /Тимирязевская

   

The only single-vault deep station of Moscow metro

   
   

Mendeleevskaya /Менделеевская

   

The monument called "Sympathy" was installed in ground entrance hall of the station in 2007. It is dedicated to the humane treatment of stray animals

   
   

Chekhovskaya /Чеховская

   

The exit to the city from Chekhovskaya station is the most multistage in the Moscow metro. In order to get from the platform to the street one will have to pass by three escalators and three stairs

   
   

Serpukhovskaya /Серпуховская

   

One of the two Moscow metro stations, whose name is written on the platform wall with a capital letter. The second station is Universitet

   
   

Sevastopolskaya /Севастопольская

   

The passage between Sevastopolskaya and Kakhovskaya stations is the shortest in Moscow metro. Not taking into account, of course, cross-platform transplants, which allow to make transition between lines without leaving the platform

   
   

Prazhskaya /Пражская

   

1. The most quiet Moscow metro station, thanks to a special type of ceramic tiles, which the track wall of the stations are faced with. The tile contains numerous air pores absorbing noise

   

2. The station with the darkest design in Moscow metro. The track walls are faced with brown tiles and the ceiling above the track is painted in black

   
   

Ulitsa akademika Yangelya /Улица академика Янгеля

   

1. Mikhail Yangel is the most “young” historical figure, whose name is reflected in the title of Moscow metro station. He was born in 1911

   

2. The only station of Moscow metro, illuminated in orange light

   
   

Bulvar Dmitriya Donskogo /Бульвар Дмитрия Донского

   

1. The first Moscow metro station, built outside Moscow Ring Road. The opening of the station took place in 2002

   

2. In the passage between Bulvar Dmitriya Donskogo and Ulitsa Starokachalovskaya stations for a long time there were ticket barriers, since it was assumed that the transit by Line 12 will be charged separately (the line was considered as a separate type of transport – light metro). But this solution has not entered into force. Line became the twelfth metro line, and the ticket barriers did not started to be used

   

3. The names of Bulvar Dmitriya Donskogo and Bulvar Admirala Ushakova stations are the longest in Moscow metro (22 Russian letters)

     

   
   

Mariino /Марьино

   

One of the two single-aisle (i.e., without dome, columns or pylons) Moscow metro stations. The second is Volzhskaya station. This type of construction is due to the shallow depth of the station

   
   

Volzhskaya /Волжская

   

One of the two single-aisle (i.e., without dome, columns or pylons) Moscow metro stations. The second is Mariino station. This type of construction is due to the shallow depth of the station

   
   

Pechatniki /Печатники

   

It is one of the two stations (the second is Sokol), through which new metro cars arrive to the metro. Near the station there is a special track (gateway), connecting metro tracks with railway tracks (near "Yuzhnyi port" station, an offshoot of the Kursk direction). By this track the locomotive delivers the cars from "Metrovagonmash" factory, located in the suburban Mytischi.

Due to the construction of Alabyano-Baltiyskiy tunnel the gateway near the Sokol metro station is temporarily closed

   
   

Rimskaya /Римская

   

The only Moscow metro station which is decorated with a fountain

   
   

Dostoevskaya /Достоевская

   

The station has the most “tragic” design. The station columns depict the scenes of violence from novels by Fyodor Dostoevsky: the murder of an old woman and the suicide of Svidrigailov from "Crime and Punishment", the murder of Nastasia Filippovna from "The Idiot", the murder of Shatov and Stavrogin's suicide from "Demons"

     

   
   

Kashirskaya /Каширская

   

The track wall of Kashirskaya station is decorated with the image of another station of Moscow metro – Mayakovskaya

   
   

Kakhovskaya /Каховская

   

The passage between Sevastopolskaya and Kakhovskaya stations is the shortest in Moscow metro. Not taking into account, of course, cross-platform transplants, which allow to make transition between lines without leaving the platform

     

   
   

Bitsevsky park /Битцевский парк

   

The railroad switch at Bitsevskiy park station, by means of which trains make a turnover, is located not in the tunnel, but at the station itself. In front of it there is a traffic light, so that all curious could observe the switching of points

   
   

Ulitsa Starokachalovskaya /Улица Старокачаловская

   

В In the passage between Bulvar Dmitriya Donskogo and Ulitsa Starokachalovskaya stations for a long time there were ticket barriers, since it was assumed that the transit by Line 12 will be charged separately (the line was considered as a separate type of transport – light metro). But this solution has not entered into force. Line became the twelfth metro line, and the ticket barriers did not started to be used

   
   

Bulvar Admirala Ushakova /Бульвар адмирала Ушакова

   

The names of Bulvar Admirala Ushakova and Bulvar Dmitriya Donskogo stations are the longest in Moscow metro (22 Russian letters)

     

     
   

FACTS ARE AS OF SEPTEMBER 2018