Belorusskaya (Koltsevaya line)

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Belorusskaya

Белорусская
Moscow Metro station
Belorusskaya station Interior.jpg
LocationTverskoy District
Central Administrative Okrug
Moscow
Russia
Coordinates55°46′35″N 37°35′04″E / 55.7764°N 37.5844°E / 55.7764; 37.5844Coordinates: 55°46′35″N 37°35′04″E / 55.7764°N 37.5844°E / 55.7764; 37.5844
Owned byMoskovsky Metropoliten
Line(s)#5 Koltsevaya line Koltsevaya line
Platforms1
Tracks2
Construction
Depth42.5 metres (139 ft)
Platform levels1
ParkingNo
Other information
Station code035
History
Opened30 January 1952; 67 years ago (1952-01-30)
Services
Preceding station   Moscow Metro   Following station
anticlockwise / outer
Koltsevaya line
clockwise / inner
toward Khovrino
Zamoskvoretskaya line
Transfer at: Belorusskaya
Location
Belorusskaya is located in Central Moscow
Central Moscow metro lines.svg
Belorusskaya
Belorusskaya
Location within Central Moscow
Vestibule

Belorusskaya (Russian: Белору́сская) is a station on the Moscow Metro's Koltsevaya line. It is named after the nearby Belorussky Rail Terminal. It opened in 1952, serving briefly as the terminus of the line before the circle was completed in 1954. Designed by Ivan Taranov, Z. Abramova, A. Markova, and Ya. Tatarzhinskaya, the station has low, white marble pylons, an elaborately patterned plaster ceiling, light fixtures supported by ornate scroll-shaped brackets, and a variety of decorations based on Belarusian themes.

Overhead, twelve octagonal mosaics by G. Opryshko, S. Volkov, and I. Morozov depict Belarusian daily life, and underfoot the platform is intricately tiled to resemble a Belarusian quilt. A sculptural group by sculptor Matvey Manizer called "Soviet Belorussia" used to stand at the end of the platform before it was removed in 1998 to make room for a second entrance. Another sculptural group, "Belarusian Partisans," by S.M. Orlov, S. M. Rabinovich, and I. A. Slonim, is located in the passage between this station and Belorusskaya–Radialnaya.

The station's original vestibule is located at the southwest corner of Belorusskaya Square. A newer entrance opens onto Butirsky Val Street.

In 2002, a bomb exploded under one of Belorusskaya's marble benches, injuring seven people.

Transfers[edit]

From this station passengers can transfer to Belorusskaya on the Zamoskvoretskaya line, whose metro entrance in closest to Aeroexpress, direct train to Sheremetevo Airport.