Avtovo (Saint Petersburg Metro)

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Avtovo
Saint Petersburg Metro station
Metro SPB Line1 Avtovo.jpg
Station Hall
Coordinates59°52′02.37″N 30°15′40.87″E / 59.8673250°N 30.2613528°E / 59.8673250; 30.2613528Coordinates: 59°52′02.37″N 30°15′40.87″E / 59.8673250°N 30.2613528°E / 59.8673250; 30.2613528
Owned bySaint Petersburg Metro
Line(s)Kirovsko-Vyborgskaya Line Kirovsko-Vyborgskaya Line
PlatformsIsland platform
Tracks2
Construction
Structure typeUnderground
Depth12 m (39 ft)
History
OpenedNovember 15, 1955
Services
Preceding station   St Petersburg Metro   Following station
toward Devyatkino
Kirovsko-Vyborgskaya Line
Devyatkino
Grazhdansky Prospekt
Akademicheskaya
Politekhnicheskaya
Ploschad Muzhestva
Lesnaya
Vyborgskaya
Ploshchad Lenina
Chernyshevskaya
Ploshchad Vosstaniya Transfer to M3 Nevsko-Vasileostrovskaya Line at Mayakovskaya.
Vladimirskaya Transfer to M4 Pravoberezhnaya Line at Dostoevskaya.
Pushkinskaya Transfer to M5 Frunzensko-Primorskaya Line at Zvenigorodskaya.
Tekhnologichesky Institut Transfer to M2 Moskovsko-Petrogradskaya Line via cross-platform interchange.
Baltiyskaya
Kirovsky Zavod
Avtovo
Leninsky Prospekt
Prospekt Veteranov

Avtovo (Russian: А́втово) is a station on the Kirovsko-Vyborgskaya Line of the Saint Petersburg Metro.[1] Designed by architect Yevgenii Levinson [ru], it opened as part of the first Leningrad Metro line on November 15, 1955.[2] In 2014, The Guardian included it on the list of 12 most beautiful metro stations in the world [1].

Avtovo's unique and highly ornate design features columns faced with ornamental glass manufactured at the Lomonosov factory.[3] Although the original plan envisaged using glass on all of the columns in the station, white marble was substituted on some due to time constraints. This marble was supposed to be temporary, but it has never been replaced. The walls are faced with white marble and adorned on the north side by a row of ornamental ventilation grilles. At the end of the platform a mosaic by V.A. Voronetskiy and A.K. Sokolov commemorates the Leningrad Blockade (1941-1944) during the Second World War.

Unlike the other stations on the first line, Avtovo is a shallow-level station, constructed using the cut and cover method. It belongs to the shallow column class of underground stations.

Avtovo has as its entrance vestibule a large Neoclassical building with a domed cupola, located on the east side of Prospekt Stachek [ru].

Avtovo entrance vestibule

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