Aeroport (Metro)

Aeroport ( _ru. Аэропорт) is a station of the Moscow Metro's Zamoskvoretskaya Line. Its name, literally meaning "airport", owes to the nearby Khodynka Airport, Moscow's first airport which has by now ceased operation. Presently there is a bus terminal (Goraerovokzal, "Гораэровокзал") which has regular service to Moscow's principal airports. Opened as part of the second stage in 1938, the station features a single-vault design. Built using a cut-and cover method, concrete segments of the vault were pre-cast and then lowered into the station.

Architects B. Vilensky and V. Yershov applied the aviation theme to this big open station, in what is seen as some of the best examples of Soviet Art deco architecture. The most noticeable design feature is the network of intersecting ribs that fan out across the vaulted ceiling. These ribs originate from fan-shaped limestone panels spaced at regular intervals along the walls, which are red marble with shell-shaped brown marble insets. The floor is reveted with grey granite. Lighting comes from pyramidal objects which house luminescent lamps, although originally the station had chandeliers with normal tungsten bulbs.

The vestibule to the station is located on the north side of Leningradsky Prospekt near the Viktorenko Street, and receives a daily passenger traffic of 59,800.

External links

* [http://www.metro.ru/stations/zamoskvoretskaya/aeroport/ metro.ru]
* [http://www.mymetro.ru/cgi-bin/list.pl?lng=ru&a=1&b=2&c=17 mymetro.ru]
* [http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=Moscow&t=h&ie=UTF8&ll=55.801595,37.532344&spn=0.005403,0.013475&z=17&iwloc=addr Google maps satellite photo of Aeroport station. Leningradsky Prospekt at the lower left.]
* [http://www.kartametro.info/?hl=EN&ms=Aeroport&z=17&t=k KartaMetro.info] — Station location and exits on Moscow map (English/Russian)


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