Metro trains are one of the most easiest and reliable way of the transportation. Most of the metro stations are built underground at a certain limit. But some time, the geology and geography of that region forces engineers to go beyond that limit. The Arsenalna(metro kiev), a metro station on Kiev Metro’s Sviatoshynsko-Brovarska Line, is such an exception.The station was completed in 1960 and was named after the nearby Kiev Arsenal Factory.
Arsenalna(metro kiev) station is located 105.5 meters below the surface level which makes it the deepest metro station in the world. The passengers take two long escalators to reach the bottom. This journey takes up to five minutes. And apart from its depth, the station’s design does not contain the central pillars which make it unique and similar to the London Underground station.
Although Arsenalna(metro kiev) appears as a pylon trivault, the “Pylons” along with their portals are all purely cosmetic decoration. Pink marble walls with bronze grills, is all that is present in the portal. Instead the station has a small lobby which is directly connected to the escalator tunnel.
Arsenalna’s unusual depth is attributed to Kiev’s geography. The station entrance lies at top of a steep valley next to the Dnieper River whose high banks rise above the rest of the city. Arsenalna’s adjacent station, Dnipro, lies just above ground level close to the river bank before the metro line dives into the ground under Dnieper’s high banks. In order to avoid a steep descent, the Arsenalna(metro kiev) station had to be built on the same level which required the station’s entrance to be at the top of the banks, more than a hundred meters above.