Khreshchatyk (Ukrainian: Хрещатик) is a station on the Sviatoshynsko-Brovarska Line of the Kiev Metro. The station is named for the Khreshchatyk street, the most central street in Kiev. The station was opened in 1960 along with the first stage of the Metro. The station is pylon trivault (architects Yu.Tyahno and I.Maslenkov) that features ceramic Ukrainian ornaments framed by metallic grills on the central hall sides of the pylons. White marble is used elsewhere, particularly for the walls and the main pylon frames. The ceiling is covered in white plaster and lighting comes from hidden lamps in the niches of the central vault and a central row of lamps.

In 1976 the station became the first transfer point in the system to the newly opened Kurenivsko-Chervonoarmiyska Line's Maidan Nezalezhnosti then called Ploshcha Kalinina but soon renamed to Ploshcha Zhovtnevoi Revolyutsii. The stations are connected side to side with staircases and an escalator. The original corridor, however, proved to be too short and unable to cope with rising passenger traffics and in 1986 a second, longer corridor connected the opposite sides of the stations allowing traffic to be diverted. In the future the longer corridor is planned to be fitted with travelator, speeding up the passenger flow in the longer corridor.

The station has two vestibules, the first one is built into a restaurant building (now occupied by a shop) on the Khreshchatyk street itself. The second one was opened in 1963 (replacing a large coat of arms of the Ukrainian SSR) and is located on the corner of Instituska and Horodetska streets.

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