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Arsenalna, the deepest subway station in the world

The Arsenalna metro station, built 105.5 meters underground and located right in the center of the Ukrainian capital, has been the deepest in the world since its inauguration in November 1960, almost a trip to the center of the Earth.

Kiev, Nov 28 (EFE) .- The Arsenalna metro station, built 105.5 meters underground and located right in the center of the Ukrainian capital, has been since its inauguration in November 1960 deepest in the world, almost a trip to the center of the Earth.

Arriving at this stop in the suburban Kiev, built during the Soviet era, involves a journey of more than five minutes from the surface to the platforms, a fact often unknown to most tourists who visit the city and not suitable for those who suffer from vertigo.

Not in vain two sections of escalators that seem never to finish are flanked by dozens of illuminated signs with advertising of all kinds; passengers reading a book or sitting on the steps to make it more bearable.

"I did not know it was so deep." When I first walked in I had the feeling that I was going down. to the center of the Earth ", jokes the Italian Antonio Iafano, who is also" surprised "by the uniqueness and functionality of the Kiev metro, taking into account that it has hardly been renewed since its foundation 57 years ago.

"It may not be the most modern in Eastern Europe, but they keep it clean and it works really well," adds Iafano.

The station Arsenalna, which is part of the line that connects the two banks of the Dnieper River that runs through the city, owes its name to the emblematic homonymous factory, located a few meters outside, during the Second World War was responsible for producing weapons for the Red Army of the Soviet Union.

Despite its sober decor, with wooden benches, walls of cream colored marble, white gypsum vaulted ceilings, gray pillars and some bronze details, this subway stop is becoming a tourist attraction for visitors and curious.

It is also one of the busiest, through which more than 26,100 passengers pass each day, as it is close to places of great historical and cultural importance such as the Plaza del Maidan, the Kiev Cave Monastery ("Pecherska Lavra"), the Motherland Monument and the National Museum of the Second World War.

The depth of many stations of the Kiev metro is because they were designed to be used as a refuge in case of bomb attack or nuclear catastrophe, with the added detail that the temperature remains constant throughout the year and is a good place to escape the cold Ukrainian winter.

Many tunnels that lead to subway stations are equipped with solid metal doors, bunkers built during the Cold War era and special places designed to protect and accommodate people in exceptional cases.

In fact, in Kiev there are long shopping centers Underground, with dozens of shops where you can find food, clothes and everything you need.

Likewise, the design of the oldest stations, in which the You can see mosaics and other details that represent the cultural legacy of Kievan Rus, the old Slavic state that united peoples such as Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian.

Arsenalna, also noteworthy for its great depth several stations of the Russian suburban, such as Admiralteyskaya in St. Petersburg (102 meters underground) and Park Pobedy in Moscow (84 meters), as well as the Puhung station, located in Pyongyang, North Korea (100 meters).

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