Universytet (Kiev Metro)
|Kiev Metro station|
The central station hall with niches featuring busts of important academics.
|Owned by||Kiev Metro|
|Depth||87 m (285 ft)|
|Opened||6 November 1960|
Universytet (Ukrainian: Унiвеситет) is a station on the Kiev Metro's Sviatoshynsko-Brovarska Line. The station was opened on November 6, 1960 as part of the first stage of the metro's construction. It is named after the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, which is located in direct proximity to the station itself.
The station is a pylon trivault and is considered to be amongst the most beautiful stations in the system, and is currently the only one in Kiev that is the closest in appearance to the famous Stalinist architecture used in the Moscow and Saint Petersburg Metros of the 1950s. It was designed by architects H.Holovka, M.Syrkin, Ye.Ivanov, Zh.Yegulashvili, L.Semenyuk and O.Lozynska. The red marbled pylons are adorned with white marble busts of famous scientists and Ukrainian literature poets, attributed to sculptors M.Dekermendzhi, A.Bilostotsky, V.Znoba, A.Kobalyov, Ye.Kuntsevych, M.Lysenko, P.Ostapenko, O.Suprun and A.Shapran.
The white marble friezes also decorate the pylons and lighting is achieved by hidden lamps in the niches of the central vault, and by lamps on the platforms. The walls are covered with orange tiles and the floor is made of various shades of granite arranged in a traditional Ukrainian ornament layout. In the end of the station is white marbled wall, before which a large statue of Vladimir Lenin used to sit. However this was dismantled in the early 1990s, making the station lose its original look.
The station's large vestibule (monument to architecture) is situated in the middle of the A.V. Fomin Botanical Garden with a gallery allowing direct access to the gardens or to Taras Shevchenko Boulevard. The escalator ride consists of two separate tunnels linked in between by a smaller hall.
2011 Bomb Scare
On April 15, 2011 a suspicious package was discovered at Universytet. The station was evacuated and Ukrainian Security Services investigated, determining that the package was not dangerous. The scare followed the April 11th 2011 Minsk Metro bombing.
- "Universytet". Kyiv Metropoliten Official Website (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 21 March 2012.
- "Station "Universitet"". Kievskoe Metro (in Russian). Retrieved 21 March 2012.
- "Universytet metro station in Kyiv operating normally after bomb scare". Interfax-Ukraine. Kyiv Post. April 15, 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2012.
- Media related to Universytet Metro Station at Wikimedia Commons