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The width of today's Partizanskaya somehow jars with the habitual tranquillity of the Izmaylovsky Park neighbourhood. But the gigantic size of Russia's only Metro station with three platforms has an explanation: the Metro was being built faster of the city. According to the general construction plan for Moscow, this neighbourhood was supposed to become the new heart of the city. A huge stadium was to be built here for sporting events and military parades. The stadium was never built. At first the war had interfered with the plans, and then the soil conditions were judged inadequate. The station, designed by Boris Vilensky, was decorated with large guerrilla statues, dedicated to the guerrilla movement during the Great Patriotic War. The Metro was supposed to end at Partizanskaya, and so our excursion will also end here.