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The St. Petersburg Metro is considered to be one of the most architecturally beautiful underground railway systems across the globe, renowned for its unique interiors. Construction of the Leningrad Metro began in 1937 and should have been completed in 1942. Originally started with 2 lines and 13 stations, construction was frozen during the Second World War and resumed under a new project only after a few years have passed, in 1946.

The first 7 stations (including Avtovo station) were opened in 1955. Much has changed since then, metro expanded, and today it has 5 lines and 67 stations, with over 2.5 million passengers a day. Due to the city's unique geology the St. Petersburg Metro is the deepest one in the world with its average depth of 57 meters.
Avtovo station,
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'Avtovo' is probably the most well-known metro station platform, with its impressive interior design, having been an object of Russian cultural heritage since 2011.

According to archival materials of 1676, there was an Autovo village in this area before, and its name is associated with the Finnish word 'autio', which means 'wasteland'. Over time, the word 'Autovo' turned into 'Avtovo', and this name took hold for the city district forever.

Avtovo is the very station where the first train of the Leningrad metro arrived. This is a station of shallow footing (12 m), being a first metro station without escalators. It's located in Kirovsky district in the South-West of St. Petersburg (Kirovsko-Vyborgskaya Line - red line).

The station was constructed in a distinguished monumental style, but, surely, its main "highlight" are the columns, lined with decorative pressed glass with a relief ornament. Glass columns were proposed as an innovative technique to make the station look like an underground crystal palace. Thanks to a peculiar optical reception, it seems as if all columns are full glass. Symbols of the Soviet Union - five-pointed stars and oak twigs show up especially against a relief glass.

Unfortunately, due to lack of funds, only 16 of the 46 columns were finished with sparkling glass, the rest were made of white marble, and the fight with architectural extravagance didn't allow construction to be fully completed.

Decoration topic is the defense of Leningrad during the Siege of the Second World War, represented in the form of two-tone chandeliers, trellis ornaments with bay leaf garlands, gold-plated swords and others symbols of military prowess. The mosaic board "Victory", depicting a woman with a child, as a symbol of peace, decorates a side wall of the central hall.
Useful info to know
The St. Petersburg Metro is a single travel zone. Since the moment you bought a ticket and entered, you can travel from station to station without time and cost restrictions, until you have gone out the turnstile.

Recently payment for travel by any bank card supporting PayPass or PayWave has become possible at all metro stations.
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