Rizhskaya (Kaluzhsko–Rizhskaya line)

Rizhskaya (Russian: Рижская) is a Moscow Metro station in the Meshchansky District, North-Eastern Administrative Okrug, Moscow. It is on the Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya Line, between Prospekt Mira and Alekseyevskaya stations. It is named after the nearby Rizhsky railway station (which was named after and serves trains to the Latvian capital, Riga) and was designed by Latvian architects A. Reinfelds and V. Apsītis. The brightly coloured Latvian ceramics employed throughout the station make it instantly recognizable. The pylons, which follow the curve of the station tube, are faced with reddish-brown tile and sandwiched between piers faced with lemon yellow tile and decorated with gold-coloured cornices. The ventilation grilles above the pylons are decorated with the coat of arms of the Latvian SSR . The station opened on 1 May 1958.

Rizhskaya

Рижская
Moscow Metro station
Rizhskaya station.jpg
General information
LocationRizhskaya Square
Meshchansky District
North-Eastern Administrative Okrug
Coordinates55°47′37″N 37°38′10″E / 55.7936°N 37.6362°E / 55.7936; 37.6362Coordinates: 55°47′37″N 37°38′10″E / 55.7936°N 37.6362°E / 55.7936; 37.6362
Owned byMoskovsky Metropoliten
Line(s)#6 Kaluzhsko–Rizhskaya line Kaluzhsko–Rizhskaya line
Platforms1 island platform
Tracks2
Connections
  • #D2 Line D2 (Moscow Central Diameters)#D3 Line D3 (Moscow Central Diameters)#D4 Line D4 (Moscow Central Diameters) Rizhskaya
  • Bus: 0, 19, 84, 85, 265, 714, 778
  • Trolleybus: 9, 14, 18, 37, 42, 48
Construction
Depth46 metres (151 ft)
Platform levels1
ParkingNo
Other information
Station code092
History
Opened1 May 1958; 64 years ago (1958-05-01)
Rebuilt7 May 2022; 8 months ago (2022-05-07)
Passengers
200915 304 450
Services
Preceding station Логотип метро в системе бренда московского транспорта.svg Moscow Metro Following station
Prospekt Mira Kaluzhsko–Rizhskaya line Alekseyevskaya
towards Medvedkovo
Maryina Roshcha
towards Kakhovskaya
Bolshaya Koltsevaya line
transfer at Rizhskaya
Sokolniki
Location
Rizhskaya is located in Moscow Metro
Rizhskaya
Rizhskaya
Location within Moscow Metro

The round vestibule, which was designed by S.M. Kravets, Yu.A. Kolesnikova, and G.E. Golubev, is located on the east side of Prospekt Mira at Rizhskaya Square.

The station reopened after reconstruction on 7 May 2022. A transfer to the Bolshaya Koltsevaya line at Rizhskaya is planned.

2004 terrorist bombingEdit

The Rizhskaya station was the site of a terrorist attack by Chechen separatists that occurred shortly after 8 pm on 31 August 2004, in which a bomb was detonated killing 10 people and injuring another 50, some 30 of them seriously.[1] The suicide bombing was thought initially to have been carried out by Roza Nagayeva, but she in fact took part in the Beslan school siege in Ingushetia that started the next day, and was herself killed when the school was stormed several days later.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Erin E Arvedlund and Sophia Kishkovsky, "After a Spate of Bombings, Moscow's Full of Foreboding", The New York Times 2 September 2004; Arina Borodina, "Terroristicheskaia Sekta," Kommersant" 2 September 2004.