The 57-meter (187-foot) spire is topped by a star decorated with ears of wheat.
Embellished and decorated with many statues, those that attract the most attention are Vera Muchina's statue of two students at the main entrance and N. Tomski's monument dedicated to Mikhail V. Lomonosov (1711-1765; University founder) in the internal court.
The 1980 Moscow Olympic Games logo was designed with the inspiration of the building.
The star surrounded by ears of wheat at the top of the spire weighs an incredible 12 tons, and is 9 meters in diameter.
The city's tallest for just over 50 years until surpassed by Triumph-Palace.
The University in its entirety covers more than 1.6 square kilometers.
It's situated on top of a hill 75 meters above the level of the Moskva River.
It is said, but not confirmed, to have a secret metro station somewhere in the basement.
On 21st April, 2006, a fire broke out in a dormitory section on the 12th floor killing two people, injuring four and resulting in the evacuation of around 1,500 people.
The most famous skyscraper in Russia, this tower is almost as notable to Russians across the country as the Empire State Building is to Americans.
This was the tallest building in Europe until 1988, when it was surpassed by MesseTurm. Today it is still one of Europe's tallest.
Founded on January 12th, 1755, Moscow University is the oldest Russian university. In 1940 on the occasion of its 185th Anniversary, Moscow University was officially named after M.V. Lomonosov.
The massive building consists of the central tower, followed by its two 18-storey high lateral wings that slope down to the arms of 8 stories each. The wings are crowned by a clock, a barometer, and a thermometer, all were the world's largest at completion.
Included in the building is a large 1500-seat auditorium, 19 conference rooms, 140 classrooms, 6000 student rooms, a student club, a library, numerous scientific laboratories, an agronomy museum, a swimming pool, and various gymnastic halls.
Cumulative length of the 67 elevator shafts inside the building is roughly 6.5 kilometers.
The building is the world's tallest dedicated educational establishment and surpassed Cathedral of Learning.
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