Arbatskaya (Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya line)

Arbatskaya (Russian: Арба́тская) is a station on the Arbatsko–Pokrovskaya line of the Moscow Metro. Along with Smolenskaya and Kievskaya, it was built in 1953 to replace an older, parallel section of track which has since become part of the Filyovskaya line. The old station had been damaged in a German bomb attack in 1941, so its replacement was much deeper and included larger stations that could double as shelters (especially in the event of nuclear attack). Although it was initially supposed to be closed permanently, the old section reopened five years later, creating the somewhat confusing situation of having two pairs of completely separate stations with the same names (Arbatskaya and Smolenskaya).


Moscow Metro station
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General information
LocationArbat District
Central Administrative Okrug
Coordinates55°45′08″N 37°36′22″E / 55.7522°N 37.6061°E / 55.7522; 37.6061Coordinates: 55°45′08″N 37°36′22″E / 55.7522°N 37.6061°E / 55.7522; 37.6061
Owned byMoskovsky Metropoliten
Line(s)#3 Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya line Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya line
Platforms1 island platform
Structure typePylon station
Depth41 metres (135 ft)
Platform levels1
Other information
Station code042
Opened5 April 1953; 69 years ago (1953-04-05)
Preceding station Логотип метро в системе бренда московского транспорта.svg Moscow Metro Following station
Smolenskaya Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya line Ploshchad Revolyutsii
towards Kuntsevskaya
Filyovskaya line
transfer at Aleksandrovsky Sad
towards Kommunarka
Sokolnicheskaya line Okhotny Ryad
towards Altufyevo
Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya line
transfer at Borovitskaya
Arbatskaya is located in Central Moscow
Central Moscow metro lines.svg
Location within Central Moscow
Plaque in the passage connecting Arbatsko–Pokrovskaya and Filyovskaya lines

Arbatskaya was designed by Leonid Polyakov, Valentin Pelevin and Yury Zenkevich. Since it was meant to serve as a bomb shelter as well as a Metro station, Arbatskaya is both large (the 250-m platform is the second-longest in Moscow) and deep (41 m underground). The main tunnel is elliptical in cross-section, an unusual departure from the standard circular design. The station features low, square pylons faced with red marble and a high vaulted ceiling elaborately decorated with ornamental brackets, floral reliefs, and chandeliers.


From this station passengers can transfer to Biblioteka Imeni Lenina on the Sokolnicheskaya line, Aleksandrovsky Sad on the Filyovskaya line, and Borovitskaya on the Serpukhovsko–Timiryazevskaya line. Despite the name, however, it is not possible to transfer to Arbatskaya on the Filyovskaya line.

In popular cultureEdit

The station and Arbatskaya on the Filyovskaya line are featured in the Moscow segment of Resident Evil: Retribution.

The station, alongside Aleksandrovskiy Sad, Biblioteka Lenina, and Borovitskaya, makes up the 'city-state' of Polis in the Metro 2033 series of games and novels.


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