I was asked by Judith:
Olga, I have searched online about the observation platform and Vorobyovy Gory and I am quite confused . Are these two the same one, the one near MSU? And may I know will there be any entry fee? Which one of two will you recommend if they are different?
Thanks a lot.
P.S. Your information provided are really really useful, especially the one about Kremlin^.^
Yes, the observation platform near MSU and that one on Vorobyovy Gory are the same place.
http://askmoscow.com/2010/12/viewpoint-1/ Here I gave an instruction how to get there:
http://askmoscow.com/2013/02/from-the-metro-to-the-observation-platform/ There is no any entry fee! Recently there was opened a new Moscow viewing desk at the top of Central Children’s store “Detsky mir” on Lubyanka square: http://opposto.livejournal.com/357751.html No entry fee as well! Thanks for your P.S. 🙂
I’ve got a question:
– Olga, can you tell me how to walk from the Metro station to the observation platform?
It’s my pleasure to answer:
1. I recommend to leave subway station “Universitet” by escalator, which is close to the last carriage if you come from the city center.
2. Outside look around. You will find at some distance a spire of the main MSU building. It will help you to orient yourself.
3. Cross the road and go to the left along Lomonosovsky prospect as if to the main building (you can see the spire).
4. Turn right at the first crossing. Very soon the main building will be on your left, go forward, pass the building and turn left.
5. Now you are at the opposite side of the main MSU building. Turn right and keep going in this direction up to the observation platform. If you pass the fountain (does not work in winter :)), you are on the right way.
An exhibition dedicated to the 120th anniversary of one of the most famous Soviet architects Boris Iofan at the Schusev State Museum of Architecture, Vozdvizhenka St., 5 (M. Biblioteka imeni Lenina, Alexandrovsky sad, Arbatskaya) will be opened until February 26, 2012.
Boris Iofan is mainly known as an author of the “House on the Embankment” and the Soviet Pavilion with a sculpture of the “Worker and Collective Farm Girl” by V. Mukhina created for the World’s Fair of 1937. Although never realized, the ambitious Palace of Soviets, became the project of his life. For me, the initial project of Moscow State University and those interior designs for the Palace of Soviets halls looking like Pantheon or a Christian church proved to be particularly interesting.
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We can see the Kremlin wall, the Moscow river, the Big Stone bridge, named after the first stone bridge in Moscow, and the Kremlin Water pump tower on the right.
Moving to the left are Christ the Savior Cathedral, the Church of Elijah the Prophet (1706), Moscow state university, 5-domed church of the Conception Convent, and so-called House on the embankment is seen on the left .
January 25 is known in Russia as a holiday of the students. It is the day of St. Tatiana and the day when Moscow University was established by a decree of Empress Elizabeth, daughter of Peter the Great, in 1755.
Today rector of Lomonosov Moscow State University Victor A. Sadovnichy expressing deep sorrow for the victims and survivors of the Domodedovo airport attack changed the program of the holiday, canceled all entertainment events, and encouraged everyone to humanism and responsibility.
One of the first days in 2011.
I invite you to get a panoramic view of Moscow from the observation platform located just in front of the Moscow university building. The view from Vorobyovy Gory (Sparrow Hills) is especially lovely at night.
Places I would like you to visit
“Whoever wants to understand Russia should come here and look down at Moscow…” A.Chekhov
In a day time good weather will provide you with the pictures of the Kremlin and Christ the Saviour cathedral, situated 12 km away. In fact it was Sparrow Hills where originally Christ the Saviour cathedral was planned to be build by the Emperor Alexander I.
Look at the university and try to find its 6 sisters – similar buildings of Stalin’s time. Some of them always try to vanish in the distance.
What else to search? The Sports complex is impossible to overlook. To the left will be the Novodevichy convent, to the right – headquarters of the Russian Academy of Sciences known as “Golden Brain” for its architectural appearance, a ski jump, double-decker metro bridge across the Moscow river, the river itself and a nice park for a work. It will take you not more than 15 minutes to get to the nearest metro station with the same name – Vorobyovy Gory (red line).
Places I would like you to visit
This is one of my favorite places in Moscow.
In Russian we call the university MGU. The main building of it among the students is known as GZ (glavnoe zdanie – abbreviation for the main building). It is an impressive monument of soviet architecture decorated by scultural figures in traditional for those days style. The university is the oldest and most prestigious in Russia and most picturesque. It was established in the reign of the empress Elizabeth, daughter of Peter the Great. This building of the university was constructed after World War II in 1949-1953. The 32-storey main tower is 240 m high. It houses headquarters, 3 departments – geology, geography and mathematics, lecture halls, assembly and concert halls, sports complex, residential area for professors and dormitories for students. The university campus covering over 800 acres includes over 40 university buildings located in a nice park, sports grounds, observatory, botanical garden, meteorological station, etc. More than 40000 students study at the university.