Victory Park commemorates the sacrifice and victory of the Second World War, known as The Great Patriotic War in Russia.
Visitors can find Victory Park on Poklonnaya Gora (Submission Hill). Submission Hill is a significant point in Moscow. Historically guests coming to Moscow from the West would pay homage here. The spot is also where Napoleon expected the keys to the Kremlin after capturing the city.
The history of Submission Hill makes it the perfect sport for Victory Park.
Victory Park and its memorial complex were initially planned in the 1960s. Architects were planning to level 98 hectares and install a 250-meter high column. This original plan did not see fruition. Despite delays, Moscow saw the completion of the park in 1995. The opening was just in time for the 50th anniversary of the war.
MONUMENTS IN VICTORY PARK
Taking a trip to Victory Park, visitors can appreciate the many park monuments.
The main monument is perhaps the most striking. Standing at 141.8 meters tall, the Victory Monument is one of the highest points in Moscow. The towering obelisk represents the length of the war (10 centimeters for each day). To pay their respects, visitors lay wreaths at the base of the tower. The work of sculptor Zurab Tsereteli, the monument is set with a St George statue, slaying a dragon adorned with Nazi symbols.
The Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War lies directly behind the monument. This semi-circular building contains collections of authentic war memorabilia. If you want to learn more about Russia’s history with war, this is a great place to start. The museum includes six dioramas detailing significant battles.
- the Battle of Moscow
- the Battle of Stalingrad
- the Siege of Leningrad
- the Battle of the Kursk Salient
- the Crossing of the Dnieper
the Storm of Berlin
The central hall in the museum, The Hall of Glory, has the names of Heroes of the Soviet Union and Russian Federation inscribed on the marble walls. When new soldiers take their oath, it takes place in this hall.
Victory Park pays its respects to those soldiers declared missing in action. East of the Victory Monument, you can find a statue with a wounded soldier, unable to continue walking. This monument purposely does not feature a grave to depict those lost at war.
VISITING VICTORY PARK
While Victory Park is most known for its striking monuments, it is also an incredibly picturesque area. With vast greenery and wide avenues, Victory Park is a famous walking route.
During Russian holidays the hill is host to a number of events. Visitors and residents can find themselves amongst concerts and festivals.
The hill is most crowded on May 9th, Victory Day. This day commemorates the war are people lay flowers at the foot of memorials. This day is a public holiday in Russia and, people gather for performances from artists and firework displays.
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