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  • Opened: July 1, 1963
  • Station depth: 45m
  • Project title: Leo Tolstoy Square
  • Popular names: Petrogradka, Petroga
  • Type of station: closed type (horizontal elevator)
  • Entrance to the station: lobby built into the building
  • Traffic: total about 1732 thousand people per month

The station is named after its location - on the Petrogradskaya side. Today, the name does not look good, because today there are already 4 metro stations in the area, and it is planned to add more in the future. But then it was the first metro station here.

Like any "horizontal elevator", the station is not particularly rich in decorations. The only dominant feature at the bottom is a blue grille at the end of the hall with a profile of a worker and a peasant woman - which, by design, reflects the theme of revolutionary Petrograd.

Initially, the platform doors were blue, but by now they are standard black, as on all other "horizontal elevators".

There are three escalators at the station, in front of them is a traditional hermetic vertical door ("guillotine").

The station lobby is built into the building of the Fashion House. In fact, the station was opened in 1963, the second underground passage in the city across the avenue directly from the station lobby in 1964, and the Fashion House was completed above all this in 1968. This is one of two stations in the city where the underpasses start directly from the station lobby - on a par with the station Vyborgskaya. Under the ceiling of the lobby, you can see traces of the "flying saucer" chandelier, which was lost in 2000.

The lobby is not very beautiful, but you can see the complex shape of the columns that support the building.

Since the avenue itself is quite narrow, it is always quite crowded at the entrance to the station.

Personally, I prefer to enter this station from the underpass.

You can read online that earlier in the lobby above the escalator there was an illuminated glass stained glass window reflecting the history of fashion. Each of the 6 paintings depicted a man and a woman dressed in costumes from different eras. They write that the stained glass window was destroyed on December 31, 1993 as a result of an explosion in one of the shops that rented space in the Fashion House.

There is no decoration above the escalators today.

From the moment of opening until 1982 (19 years) The station was the terminus on the line. Therefore, in the direction of the neighboring station Chyornaya Rechka there is a dead end for night trains, a former reverse dead end.

There is information that in the future, a connecting branch to the Ring Line will be built on the basis of this dead end. They also write that two reverse dead ends were originally planned, but the rails were laid in only one of them. Allegedly, it is for this reason that both main tracks behind the station follow a deviation. I can't verify it, but some diagrams show it that way.

It is assumed that during the construction of the Ring Line, a passage will be built at the end of the station, into which the worker and the peasant woman will move.

As a funny detail, let's look at how the lamps in the central hall have changed in recent years - the old ones on the left, the new ones on the right.

In general, there is nothing to do here. A cramped work station, always packed with people. There's nothing to see.