This autumn, 90 placards with QR codes describing the history of metro stations will appear in the Moscow metro. As part of the Know Moscow project, they will be installed at 45 stations recognised as cultural heritage sites, including all 12 stations of the Circle Line. The QR codes will provide information about the stations’ construction and the architects who designed their impressive concourses, halls and platforms.
QR codes will be located at the stations of the five oldest Moscow metro lines built in 1933-1958: Circle, Filyovskaya, Sokolnicheskaya, Zamoskvoretskaya and Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya. Passengers will be able to find two placards with codes at each of the 45 stations.
The digital code will bring the user to the Know Moscow website with information about metro stations, their architects, years of construction, distinctive architectural and technological features and little-known facts on their history.
“For example, people will learn that statues of Lenin and Stalin originally stood at the northern wall of the Krasnopresnenskaya station where passengers now transfer. As for the eastern concourse of the Belorusskaya station, it is decorated with a majolica panel made by Portuguese artist Graca Morais,” the Moscow Department of Information Technology press service said.
Information on each station at the Know Moscow website can be reached using the QR scanner of a smartphone. Just point the camera at the QR code like you’re taking a picture. On the station’s website at um.mos.ru, it will also be possible to see how it looks without passengers, read a description of interesting objects located nearby and use an audio guide.
“Developing new passenger services is an important part of the work of the Moscow Metro today. For this purpose, we not only try to offers services with a practical function, such as charging points for electronic devices or ticket terminals for bank cards, but also to develop cultural and educational projects aimed at promoting Moscow’s historical and cultural heritage,” the Moscow metro press service said.
Metro stations where QR code plates will be installed:
- Krasniye Vorota;
- Chistiye Prudy;
- Okhotny Ryad;
- Biblioteka Imeni Lenina;
- Park Kultury;
- Ploshchad Revolutsii;
- Prospekt Mira;
- Park Kultury;
- Alexandrovsky Sad;
The installation of placards with QR codes at metro stations is a continuation of the large-scale Know Moscow project, which promotes the city’s historical and cultural heritage. At present, over 700 placards with QR codes have been placed on buildings and statues in the city.
Before the end of August, Play Market and AppStore will install an updated Know Moscow Photo app allowing users to take photos of themselves with iconic historical figures. The app will be based on the same principle as the popular Pokemon Go game. Users will be able to find and photograph digital images of Alexander Pushkin, Yuri Gagarin, Pyotr Tchaikovsky and many other well-known personalities that are part of Moscow’s history.