Komendantsky Prospekt

  • This station in Internet: Wikipedia, Wikimapia
  • Opened: April 2, 2005
  • Station depth: 78 meters (rail head)
  • Project title: Bogatyrskaya, Bogatyrsky Prospekt, Komendantskaya Square, Komendantsky Airfield and Testers Avenue
  • Popular names: KomEnda, Commandant
  • Type of station: column-wall
  • Entrance to the station: lobby in an underground passage with direct access to the shopping center
  • Traffic: about 1.44 million people per month

The name of the station Komendantsky Prospekt, like many objects above, owes its name to the area in which it was built.

Since the founding of Saint-Petersburg, there has been a large plot of land in the possession of the commandant of the Peter and Paul Fortress in this area. In those days it was a distant suburb. The commandants changed, but the land remained.

In the period 1910-1963, the Commandant's airfield was located here, as they say now - a mixed-use airfield. Both fighter and transport aircraft were based on it.

And since 1970, the area has been built up with high-rise residential buildings. Until the opening of the Komendantsky Prospekt metro station, it was a real ass of the world, because it took a long time to get to the nearest metro - first Пионерскаяru, and then Staraya Derevnya - by public transport.

The highlight of the station are beautiful mosaic panels, 18 on the piers on the sides of the hall, one at the end of the hall and one above the escalator at the top in the lobby.

Let's start with the end panel, of course. True, now the barrier does not allow to get close to it, but in general terms it can be understood that it reflects the folklore-archetypal Russian aeronautics. A cat in a basket, a bear with a balalaika, a guy with an accordion, a samovar and a balloon all in patches. Very accurate and very touching ;)

To the left of the end panel, you can see the groundwork for the transition - either to another line, if it is ever built here, or for a second exit to the city. Now there are administrative offices there.

The panels on the walls immediately, instantly evoke the motif of one famous song "Beloved City". Just instantly. Probably, foreign readers will not understand. This has been sewn into our cultural code since the siege of Leningrad. Just because the song was written just before the war, in 1939, for the movie "Fighters".

Maybe in this version it will be more understandable for non-Russian people.

Therefore, when I personally look at these mosaics, this famous song in the immortal performance of Mark Bernes itself instantly turns on in my head.

But in this mosaic, let's say, the photo on the left - LaGG-3 fighters patrol over the center of besieged Leningrad (the arrow of Vasilievsky Island is visible below).

To appreciate the mosaic panel in the lobby, you need to go upstairs. The hermetic door at the end of the hall is vertical, of the "guillotine" type.

The escalator is very long - 140 meters with a standard angle of inclination of 30 degrees. Until 2011, this station was the deepest in Saint-Petersburg.

The lobby is located in an underground passage, and right here, without going to the surface, you can go to the shopping center on the other side of the street. However, it is interesting that there is another hermetic door in the passage here.

The exits to the surface on the sides of the avenue look like standard light lobbies.

But let's go back. We also need to look at the upper panel. Here it is!

We're going down. It's not a quick thing.

Apart from the mosaics and great depth, the station is quite ordinary. Nothing special.

The track walls are also without any special frills.

The doors in the track walls are flush and not decorated in any way. In general, this station belongs to the penultimate generation of stations, this is when they started building beautifully again, but they still tried to save wherever possible and where it is impossible.

I like. Beautiful station. Only to get here to the outskirts to look at these mosaics is quite long and far.