Main building of the Moscow State University
named after M.V. Lomonosov.
Architects L. Rudnev, S. Chernishev, P. Abrosimov,
A. Khriakov, engineer V. Nasonov. 1953.
Monument to M.V. Lomonosov. Sculptor N. Tomsky. 1953.
According to the ancient legend the settlements located within the
current Moscow, were owned by erstwhile prosperous boyar Stepan
Kuchko. Prince Yuri Dolgoruky when traveling from Kief to Vladimir
to meet his son Andrey passed along the estate of Kuchko who faced
the prince in an arrogant and unfriendly way. The grand prince
ordered to execute the disrespectful boyar and on his lands founded
a wooden city and called it Moskva-grad.
First Moscow is mentioned on the pages of Ipatievskaya manuscript
in 1147 when Suzdal prince Yuri Dolgoruky met there his ally prince
Sviatoslav Olgovich of Novgorod-Seversky principality. Sviatoslav
was in the Smolensk land when the envoys of Yuri Dolgoruky arrived
Saying: "...Welcome brother to Moscow".
More than eight centuries passed ever since. Moscow was under
construction, suffered fires, rebuilt again, extended... For several
occasions the enemies desolated and destroyed Moscow, but it
revived out of the ruins and ashes becoming more beautiful and
At all times Moscow was deservedly considered to be one of the
world's beautiful cities...