Photographer's Note

Despite this station being called Aeroport it is not the metro station for the Moscow airport. It is a station on the Zamoskvoretskaya line and it takes its name form the Khodynka Aerodrome, Moscow's first airport, which is no longer in operation.

It was built in 1938 as part of the second stage of the metro development. It was built using the cut-and cover method, as opposed to the tunnelling method. Concrete segments of the vault were pre-cast and then lowered into the station.

It is an example of Soviet Art Deco architecture. It is striking due to the network of intersecting ribs that fan out across the vaulted ceiling. These ribs stem upwards from fan-shaped limestone panels spaced at regular intervals along the walls, which are red and brown marble. This marble apparently came from the Urals. Just like I travelled from Perm, nr the Urals, to Moscow; so did the marble!


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