Taganskaya-Koltsevaya

Taganskaya (Russian: Таганская) is a station on the Koltsevaya Line of the Moscow Metro. Opened on 1 January 1950 it was part of the first segment of the fourth stage of the system. The station is named after the Taganka Square which is a major junction of the Sadovoye Koltso.

Designed by architects K.Ryzhkov and A.Medvedev, the station is a standard pylon-trivault layout that was built with the post-war flamboyance in mind, the overall design is based on the traditional Russian motives in decorations. The central feature of the station are 48 Maiolica panels located on each face of the pylon. (work of Ye.Blinova, P.Kozhin, A.Sotnikov, A.Berzhitskaya and Z.Sokolova). These contain apart from floral elements, profile bas-reliefs of various World War II Red Army & Navy servicemen each dedicated to a group such as pilots, tankists, sailors etc. The colour gamma is balanced in such a way that the panels facing the central hall are on a blue maiolica background, whilst the platform hall panels are monochromatic. Lighting comes from a set of 12 gilded chadiliers in the central hall with the same blue maiolica centre. The remaining decoration of the station include a cream-coloured ceramic tile on the walls, powder coloured marble on the lower pylons and also on the walls, and a checkerboard floor layout of black and grey granite.

The end of the central hall once had a large sculptural group Stalin and youth, however this was replaced in 1961 by a new artwork of the same authors (P.Baladin and Ye.Blinova) depicting Vladimir Lenin, Coats of arms of the Soviet Republics and images of Hero-Cities Leningrad, Stalingrad, Sevastopol and Odessa. This was also taken down in late 1966 to make way for a transfer to the newly opened Taganskaya-Radialnaya of the Zhdanovskaya Line. Further transfer was opened in 1979 by adding a stairwell into the middle of the central hall for the new station Marksistskaya of the Kalininskaya Line.

Because the Taganka Square is located on the hill, in order to conviniently place the large vestibule, and also preserve a nearby heritage building, the escalator descent had to be broken, and an intermediatte hall was added by placing a large cylinder and gradually lowering to the required depth. After a dome was added, the interior work on the new lobby began, the walls of which are faced with Altayan marble Oroktoy with Syringa shade, and the pillasters from white marble. The dome made of white cessons at the apex contains a large ceiling fresco - Victory Fireworks by A.Shiryaeva.

On 18 November 2005 the vestibule was closed for restoration, during which old escalators (installed in 1949) were replaced. All of the decoration features were renovated, and the upgrade included new turnstiles, ticket offices and security upgrade. The station was re-opened on 20 December 2006.