Kropotkinskaya (Russian: Кропо́ткинская, IPA: [krɐˈpotkʲɪnskəjə]) is a station on the Sokolnicheskaya Line of the Moscow Metro. One of the oldest Metro stations, it was designed by Alexey Dushkin and Ya. Likhtenberg and opened in 1935 as part of the original Metro line, named after Russian anarchist Peter Kropotkin.

Moscow Metro station
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General information
LocationKhamovniki District
Central Administrative Okrug
Coordinates55°44′43″N 37°36′13″E / 55.7453°N 37.6037°E / 55.7453; 37.6037
Owned byMoskovsky Metropoliten
Line(s)#1 Sokolnicheskaya line Sokolnicheskaya line
ConnectionsBus: 5, 015
Trolleybus: 1, 2, 15, 16, 31, 31k, 33, 44
Structure typeShallow column station, tri-span
Depth13 metres (43 ft)
Platform levels1
Bicycle facilitiesNo
Other information
Station code012
Opened15 May 1935; 88 years ago (15 May 1935)
Previous namesDvorets Sovetov (1935-1957)
Preceding station Логотип метро в системе бренда московского транспорта.svg Moscow Metro Following station
Park Kultury
towards Kommunarka
Sokolnicheskaya line Biblioteka Imeni Lenina
Kropotkinskaya is located in Central Moscow
Central Moscow metro lines.svg
Location within Central Moscow

The station was originally planned to serve the enormous Palace of the Soviets (Dvorets Sovetov), which was to rise nearby on the former site of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Kropotkinskaya was therefore designed to be the largest and grandest station on the first line. However, the Palace project was cancelled by Nikita Khrushchev in 1953, leaving the Metro station as the only part of the complex that was actually built.

Kropotkinskaya was constructed in a massive open trench measuring 176 metres (577 ft) long by 25 metres (82 ft) wide. The tunnels from Biblioteka Imeni Lenina were constructed using the cut and cover technique. The combination of unrestricted space and dry soil made for ideal conditions, and construction of the station took only 180 days from start to finish. Kropotkinskaya was completed in January 1935 and opened five months later, on 15 May 1935. The station was named Dvorets Sovetov until 1957, when it was renamed in honour of Peter Kropotkin, a geographer, philosopher, and anarchist theoretician born in the vicinity.

Since it was to serve as the gateway to the Palace of Soviets, great care was taken to make Kropotkinskaya suitably elegant and impressive. The station has flared columns faced with white marble which are said to have been inspired by the Temple of Amun at Karnak. Contrary to popular opinion, the marble used in the station did not come from the demolished Cathedral. The spacious platform is covered with squares of gray and red granite and the walls, originally tiled, are now faced with white Koyelga marble. The station is illuminated by concealed lamps set into the tops of the columns.

A model of the station won two Grand Prix awards at expositions in Paris (1937) and Brussels (1958). In 1941 the designers and engineers were also awarded the Stalin prize of the USSR for architecture and construction.

Kropotkinskaya opened with only one entrance vestibule, located at the end of Gogolevskiy Boulevard. This U-shaped structure was designed by S.M. Kravets and features two separate pavilions joined by a central arch. In late 1950s the station was given a slight reconstruction replacing the original cast of the upper pillars was replaced by marble and the floor was relayed with granite. The reconstruction finished with a new entrance which faces the Cathedral and Moskva River which was opened on 16 July 1960.

Because of the demise of the Palace of Soviets project, much of Kropotkinskaya's planned ridership never materialized. As of 2013 the station serves about 42,050 passengers daily, many of them tourists visiting the newly rebuilt Cathedral or the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts.

In a long-term future, a transfer to the Kalininskaya Line is planned to open. The future station will be called Volkhonka.[1]

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  1. ^ "Перспективы развития Archived 2021-05-01 at the Wayback Machine." Moscow Metro. Retrieved 2 Oct 2017.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Kropotkinskaya at Wikimedia Commons