Novokuznetskaya

Novokuznetskaya (Russian: Новокузнецкая) is a Moscow Metro station on the Zamoskvoretskaya Line. The station was opened on 20 November 1943.

Novokuznetskaya
Moscow Metro station
Metro MSK Line2 Novokuznetskaya.jpg
General information
LocationZamoskvorechye District
Central Administrative Okrug
Moscow
Russia
Coordinates55°44′29″N 37°37′46″E / 55.7415°N 37.6295°E / 55.7415; 37.6295Coordinates: 55°44′29″N 37°37′46″E / 55.7415°N 37.6295°E / 55.7415; 37.6295
Owned byMoskovsky Metropoliten
Line(s)#2 Zamoskvoretskaya line Zamoskvoretskaya line
Platforms1 island platform
Tracks2
ConnectionsBus: м90, н8 (night route)
Tram: A, 3, 39
Construction
Depth37.5 metres (123 ft)
Platform levels1
ParkingNo
Other information
Station code031
History
Opened20 November 1943; 78 years ago (1943-11-20)
Services
Preceding station   Moscow Metro   Following station
toward Khovrino
Zamoskvoretskaya line
Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya line
Transfer at: Tretyakovskaya
toward Medvedkovo
TerminusKalininsko-Solntsevskaya line
Transfer at: Tretyakovskaya
toward Novokosino
Location
Novokuznetskaya is located in Central Moscow
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Novokuznetskaya
Novokuznetskaya
Location within Central Moscow

HistoryEdit

Construction of the station began shortly after the launch of the second stage in 1938. Despite World War II the station was opened on time. Later in 1978 the platform was lengthened. This part is in a more modern style than the rest of the station.

DesignEdit

The station honors the Soviet fighting men with its heavy ornamentation. The architects, I. Taranov and N. Bykova, won a USSR State Prize for their design.

The decorations include seven octagonal ceiling mosaics by Vladimir Frolov on the theme of wartime industry and bas-reliefs running along the base of the ceiling (by artists N.V. Tomsky, A.E. Zelensky, S.M. Rabinovich, and N.M. Shtamm) depicting the soldiers of the Red Army in combat. The pink and white marble pylons are also decorated with cast-bronze portraits of Russian war heroes like Mikhail Kutuzov and Alexander Nevsky. Floor lamps, long since replaced with more up-to-date lighting in other Metro stations, still give Novokuznetskaya an atmosphere of brooding shadow.

There is an urban legend that the station's ornate benches were made of Carrara marble taken from the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour just before it was demolished (in 1931), but it is not true, and the marble was from Ural, not Italy.[1]

 
Station platform with leaving train. Note the upper pass connects with Tretyakovskaya station, served by the Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya Line and the Kalininskaya Line

ExitsEdit

 
Novokuznetskaya vestibule

Novokuznetskaya's round entrance vestibule is located off Pyatnitskaya Street, north of the intersection with Klimentovsky lane.

TransfersEdit

From this station it is possible to transfer to Tretyakovskaya, a cross-platform station serving both the Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya Line and the Kalininskaya Line.

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kusy I.A. et al. (2005), 1935-2005. Moscow Metro, Vokrug Sveta Publishing House, Yaroslavl, ISBN 5-98652-032-7, p. 74.