Oktyabrskaya (Koltsevaya line)

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Oktyabrskaya (Russian: Октя́брьская) is a station on the Koltsevaya line of the Moscow Metro. Opened on 1 January 1950, Oktyabrskaya was part of the first segment of the fourth stage. Designed by Leonid Polyakov who took the mid-19th century Neoclassical triumphal Empire style as the basis, and incorporated the themes of the 1812 Victory over Napoleon to match the 1945 Soviet victory in the second world war, applying to the standard pylon tri-vault design.


Октябрьская (Russian)
Moscow Metro station
MoscowMetro OktyabrskayaKoltsevaya HF5.jpg
General information
LocationYakimanka District
Central Administrative Okrug
Coordinates55°43′47″N 37°36′33″E / 55.7297°N 37.6091°E / 55.7297; 37.6091Coordinates: 55°43′47″N 37°36′33″E / 55.7297°N 37.6091°E / 55.7297; 37.6091
Owned byMoskovsky Metropoliten
Line(s)#5 Koltsevaya line Koltsevaya line
ConnectionsBus: Б, м1, м16, е10, е12, е85, 111, 196, 297, с910, н11
Depth40 metres (130 ft)
Platform levels1
Other information
Station code075
Opened1 January 1950; 72 years ago (1950-01-01)
Previous namesKaluzhskaya (1950-1961)
Preceding station Логотип метро в системе бренда московского транспорта.svg Moscow Metro Following station
anticlockwise / outer
Koltsevaya line Park Kultury
clockwise / inner
Shabolovskaya Kaluzhsko–Rizhskaya line
transfer at Oktyabrskaya
towards Medvedkovo
Oktyabrskaya is located in Central Moscow
Central Moscow metro lines.svg
Location within Central Moscow

Both the central and platform vaults are divided by arches which have large bas-reliefs which contain medallions of Soviet Army soldiers surrounded by ornaments. The pylons contain a bas-relief centred ventilation grilles which are flanked by two anodized aluminum torches that give the overall golden glow to the bright grey marble that faces them. The station walls are ceramic tiles and are decorated with relief images of gilded wreaths and stars. The end of a central hall contains a miniature triumphal arch with a metallic gate that walls of a blue lit room, symbolising the time of peaceful life. The floor of the station is laid with grey and red granite, and the perimeter of the central hall is also bordered out by a pattern of bright and dark marble.

The station has a large vestibule on the Kaluzhskaya square on the Garden Ring (named after the city of Kaluga) and hence the station's original name Kaluzhskaya (Калужская), renamed on 6 June 1961 to its present name (though the square's historic name was reverted in 1992). The vestibule on exterior contains large bas-reliefs of trumpeters that are lit by lamps concealed as columns underneath. Inside the ticket and escalator halls are decorated with casts and bas-reliefs containing battle banners, weapons figures of the Soviet Army and women symbolizing glory (work by G.Motovilov). In 1989 the stand-alone structure was built into the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys.[1]

In 1962, a set of staircases were added to the central hall for a transfer to the newly opened Oktyabrskaya of the Kaluzhskaya line.

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