Moscow State University

Tel: (7) 495-939-1000

Address: ul. Leninskiye Gory, 1, Moskva, Russia, 119991

Under Stalin’s rule, the Soviet Union carried out large-scale constructions. Seven skyscrapers were built in Moscow to show the world the power of Russia. These seven buildings are respectively the main building of Moscow State University, Kotelnicheskaya Embankment Building, Kudrinskaya Square Building, Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya, Hotel Ukraina, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia main building and Red Gate Building which was the headquarter of the Ministry of Construction of Heavy Industry of the Soviet Union. 

The major feature of Stalinist skyscrapers is the integration of Baroque and Gothic styles with American skyscraper building techniques in the 1930s. Inspired by the Empire State Building in New York, the Stalinist skyscrapers came with more fancy decorations, grand main entrances and symbols of communism. Among the Seven Sisters, the tallest building is the main building of Moscow State University.

The historic Moscow State University has always been the supreme academic institution of Russia. With the longest history and largest scale in the country, the university has nurtured 13 Nobel laureates. The most classic icon of the university is its main building without doubt. Stalin, the topmost leader of the Soviet Union, built this edifice for the university in order to show his concerns over the academia. The main building became the tallest building in Europe right after the construction. 

At the top of the building, there is a red star with a small house and observation platform which overlook whole Moscow. The facade of the building is decorated with academic symbols like the thermometer and clock and, of course, the communist symbol of a hammer and sickle. There are also sculptures of famous Russian scholars. Although the interior of the building can only be accessed by students and teaching staff, you can still experience, from the outside, the grandeur of the Soviet period and stateliness of this academic palace. How astounding!