Vorobievy Hills, Moscow
Sparrow Hills (Russian: Воробьёвы го́ры, read: Vorobyovy Gory) is a hill on the right bank of the Moskva River. My group and I visit this hill on our first organized tour trough city. This is one of highest points in Moscow, reaching a height of 220 m (720 ft), or 60–70 m (200–230 ft) above the river level. This hill was formerly known as Lenin Hills (Russian: Ле́нинские го́ры, read: Leninskiye Gory) between 1935 and 1991.
This place is fantastic to visit. It offer great view on the city and university building. There is also small market and high observation platform.
In the Stalin period they build 7 big building.They are called 7 sisters and one of them on Lenin Hills is serving as a University.This is 240 m in height and occupied 1000000 square metres.Another example is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ...
The MGU (Moskovskij Gosudarstvennyj Universitet) was founded in 1755 by the Russian scientist M. V. Lomonosov.
Since 1953 the main departments occupy the largest of Stalin's seven skyscrapers. At 240 m in height it was also the tallest building in Europe at that time.
The MGU main building is situated on the Sparrow Hills (Vorob'evy Gory) south of the city centre. The nearest Metro stops are Universitet or Vorob'evy Gory (red line).
Moscow University celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2005. The building in central Moscow dates from the late 18th century, but it is the huge tower of Stalin-era vystony - the tallest of his "Seven Sisters" and visible from just about anywhere in the city, that is the main hub of the university these days.
The central spire rises to 36 floors and with 4 enormous wings, this is one big building. It's interesting to go inside. Huge, rather gloomy passage ways and halls open out from the main entrance. Student facilities seem fairly basic -a few small kiosks sell snacks and drinks, a flower stall reflects the Russian custom of giving flowers, upstairs there are small cafeterias selling not a lot. Access may be possible via the central lifts to the floors above. The departments of Geography and Geology on the 26th and 28th floors have dry and dusty museums (the views are splendid) - there may well be other, if you can find someone to open them.
The campus is large and well laid out with trees and gardens between the various buildings.
This is the main university of the country, located on the Vorobiovy Hills from where the best views of the city can be enjoyed. The building of the university, built in 1950s, is the tallest and most beautiful of the Moscow skyscrapers.
The famous complex in Vorobievy hills is a nice place for slow walks and not only on warm days.
You can take here the most traditional photo as well - I think nearly half of moskovites have got something like that in there albums.
The impressive central building of Moscow State University stands on the Vorobyovy Hills overlooking the Luzhniki district of the city. The enormous skyscraper was commissioned by Stalin as one of the "Seven Sisters" - seven similar skyscrapers dotted across Moscow. The university building was built between 1949 and 1953.
Here are some curious data about the university (MGU) building:
- it has a 36-storey teaching block
- it is said to have a total of 33 kilometers of corridors
- it is 240 meters high
- the star on its top weighs 12 tons!
From the terrace in front of the Lomonossov university you have a fantastic panorama over Moscow - including the new Luzhniki sports stadium, the brand new Church of Christ the Savior, the Kremlin and if you look closely you can discover some of the "sister" buildings of the university.
The observation platform, which gives a good panoramic view of the city, is situated there at the steep bank of the Moskva River at an altitude of 85 m above the river (200 m above sea level). The hills, immortalized by many Russian poets and writers, were named apparently after the village Vorobyovo (literally: Sparrows' Village) located nearby. Moscow State University and the Church of the Life-giving Trinity are located on the Hills.
Sparrow Hills (Sparrow's Hills, Russian: Vorobievy Hills former name in 1935 - 1999: Lenin Hills -Lenin Hills) is a part of the right bank of the Moscow River and the highest point in Moscow with an altitude up to 220 m (60-70 m above the river level). The subway station with the same name is located at this place.
In the late 1940s - the early 1950s the infrastructure of Moscow University greatly improved. A huge complex of new University buildings was erected on Lenin (Vorob’yovy) Hills. On 1 September, 1953, they opened their doors for the students. The laboratories, class rooms and auditoriums were fitted out with the modern equipment. The University budget rose 5-fold compared to the pre-war years.
Rather than use the normal tram routes to get to Moscow State University, get the metro to Sportivnaya or the new Sparrow Hills stop, have a walk around the Lushniki Stadium, cross the river and then climb the hill via the chair lift. The ski jump looks strange without any snow on it!
The MSU is one of the Tower-Buildings from the Stalinin Period. It is really interesting to visit the place. In the 2nd floor you can visit the students restaurant and have a meal there (see tip: Restaurant).
Vorobyovy Gory (Sparrow Hills) viewpoint, on Universitetskaya ploshchad, is the place to go for a truly panoramic view of the city. From the park below with its huge sporting complexes, including a ski run, across to the domes of the Novodevichy Convent and spreading out in an ever-widening circle the city lies before you - the river, the bright new Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, the towers and domes of the Kremlin, the spires of Stalin's Seven Sisters, ranks of apartment blocks - it's all there.
There's also lots of souvenir sellers ready to relieve the tourists of a few roubles.
Lomonosov university, established in 1755 has a long history, named after Academician Mikhail Lomonosov (1711 - 1765), an outstanding Russian scientist. Who doesn´t knows the Lomonosov periodic table of elements? Inside there is the MSU library, one of the largest in Russia, with over 9,000,000 books.
Huge building, like the other 6 alike. The university has in ti´s surroundings plenty of parks where to walk. In front there is a great a place where to look over the city.
Moscow University is the oldest Russian institution of higher education. It was founded on 12th of January 1755 on Saint Tatyana's Day at the decree of empress Elizaveta Petrovna on the initiative of the great Russian scientist Mikhail Vassilievich Lomonosov after which it is named. The naming occurred in 1940, on the occasion of its 185th Anniversary.
Since 1953 the main departments were situated on Vorob'evy Gory. In the post-war era, Stalin ordered seven huge tiered neoclassic towers built around the city. The main building was by far the largest and was also the tallest building in Europe at that time. The building was largely constructed by prisoners, including German POWs. The central tower being 800 feet tall and 36 stories high, was flanked by four huge wings of student and faculty accommodations. It is said to contain a total of 20 miles of corridors and 5,000 rooms. The star on the top is large enough to provide a small room and a viewing platform; it weighs 12 tons. The building's facades are ornamented with giant clocks, barometers, and thermometers, statues, carved wheat sheaves and Soviet crests. It stands before a terrace featuring statues of male and female students gazing optimistically and confidently into the future.
The University comprises 29 faculties and over 350 departments, 15 research institutes, 4 museums, the Science Park, the Botanical Gardens, The Library, the University Publishing House and printing shop, a recreational center and a boarding school for gifted children. 9 faculties have been recently established, along with 47 new departments and 22 research laboratories. At the moment the University Computer Centre represents more computing power that any other educational institution in Russia. In addition it’s library is one of the largest in Russia, with its 9,000,000 books, and the average number of readers 55,000, using 5,500,000 books a year.