The University’s main building includes a famous 240-meter tall tower, which was the highest building in Europe in the period from 1953 to 1990.
The Moscow University, one of the leading universities from the time of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, was founded on this day. Today it is one of the largest university in the Russian Federation. The Moscow University is also known as the Lomonosov Moscow State University, after Mikhail Vasilyevich Lomonosov, a famous Russian scientist from the 18th century. Namely, Lomonosov, primarily a physicist, chemist and astronomer, participated in the founding of the university.
The Moscow University was founded by the order of Russian empress Elizabeth (Elizaveta Petrovna), daughter of Peter the Great. Her imperial court was one of the most fabulous in Europe, and she was known for building magnificent castles and palaces. Her reign preceded that of Catherine the Great.
The Moscow University was originally situated in a building next to the Red Square, but was later moved to another location. The University’s main building includes a famous 240-meter tall tower, which was built in Stalin’s time, and was the highest building in Europe in the period from 1953 to 1990.