As is normal for Soviet and Russian rockets, it is erected when it gets to the site,
where it is carefully positioned over the blast pits. The base of the N-
The launch tower / gantry is huge, and even taller are the two towers which are there to act as lightning conductors, and protect the rocket from lightning strikes. The launch towers rotated to bring the service tower up against the rocket for maintenance, and getting the crew on board, pulling back to a safe distance for the launch.
Two launch sites were built, but one was damaged beyond use when the N1-
Personally I am fascinated by the flights of steps running up the supporting struts – they would require good personal fitness and a good head for heights too! It must have been truly incredible to be the man who operated the crane at the top!
Unlike the rocket itself, no attempt was made to destroy the launch systems, though
what they were originally for was kept secret, including from those who worked on
adapting them for Buran. Parts of the rotating structures survive to this day -
Here is the site of the N-
An here is an enhanced colour version::