Monument To Heroic Defenders of Leningrad

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Monument To Heroic Defenders of Leningrad

Monument To Heroic Defenders of Leningrad
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The focal point of Victory Square is an impressive obelisk monument dedicated to the citizens and soldiers of Leningrad who, through tremendous hardship, successfully repelled the Nazis during the 900-day Siege of Leningrad in World War II.
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Alex J
Melbourne, Australia2,208 contributions
This was my second visit to St. Petersburg, both were conducted group tours, and I was very very sorry to miss this on my first trip. This was the highlight of my second trip. Even if you are not a history buff, this is one place you should NOT miss if you come to this city. A monument to the heroic defence of Leningrad (old name for the city), when it was besieged by the Nazi forces in WW2. One of the longest and most destructive sieges (in terms of human and material losses) in the history of mankind. Above ground the most striking object is a 50 metre obelisk, and huge statues depicting soldiers and civilians. Below it is a huge metal ring, (a symbol of the besieging forces surrounding the city). But, the best is underground. There is a huge cathedral-like hall, with all sorts of exhibits relating to the siege. You must budget at least an hour (if not two!) to see all the exhibits. There are a couple of excellent short documentaries depicting life during the siege. If you do not have a guide, ask the staff to run it for you. All very very moving. It is only when you see this memorial that you realise how awfully the Russian people suffered in WW2 ( the USSR lost around 26 million people in the war, soldiers and civilians). Photos freely allowed.
Written 26 August 2020
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CAPerth
Perth227 contributions
This monument commemorates the survivors and the hundreds of thousands that did not survive during the Siege of Leningrad in World War 2 when the residents of Leningrad resisted invasion by the German forces. The monument comprises a large obelisk, various sculptural ensembles of the Defenders (soldiers, sailors and civilians), multiple eternal flames in a sunken circular ring and a small underground museum (which unfortunately we did not visit due to time constraints). Although located inside a round-about on a major highway, there is an underground access tunnel to avoid the traffic. We visited by car on the way back from a private tour of Pushkin, but the memorial is also easily accessible with the Metro. At the time of our visit there was a small ceremony taking place, which added more meaning to the memorial.
Written 26 May 2020
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Ancient Traveller
Dublin, Ireland10 contributions
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This Communist-era memorial to the 1,000,000+ Russians who lost their lives during the siege of Leningrad is a refreshing change from St. Petersburg’s Tsarist-era palaces and cathedrals. It also puts World War Two in a new perspective, as most of us know the history from the British/American side only. To Russians, the “Great Patriotic War” was about the victory of Communism over Fascism.

Underneath there is a small but visually impressive “memorial hall” which contains items used during the siege. Tickets are about half the price of most of St. Petersburg’s museums, reflecting the fact that you won’t spend loads of time here. (You can visit the monument for free without going inside the hall).
Written 6 March 2020
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drogilmour
Guatemala City, Guatemala2,691 contributions
Take line 2 of metro and alight on station "Moskovskaya". Access to the plaza using the pedestrian underpass.

The huge scale of the monument confers solemnity to the plaza that evokes the horror that St. Petersburg inhabitants had to endure for close to 900 days. The Nazi blockade became one of the longest and most destructive sieges in history, and possibly the costliest in casualties suffered. There was literally no food to eat and that was the aim of the Nazis, to starve the city, and they accomplished it letting to starve to death to half of all the inhabitants. There is a museum at the memorial with captions of the exhibit only in Russian. There is and admission fee.

The eternal flame on it burns in memory of all those whose heroism and self-sacrifice allowed the city not to fall under Nazi rule. Most people traveling to or from the airport will spot it easily.
Written 14 January 2020
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Donsafe
Canterbury, UK1,041 contributions
This set of statues really can stir the passions of anyone who knows what it is to see an oppressed people rise up against their oppressors.
Written 10 January 2020
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Shelimashrafahmed
183 contributions
Nice and beautiful monument, the whole area has lots to see, I took many pictures and spent over an hour there
Written 18 December 2019
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BackinBracknell
Bracknell, UK1,384 contributions
The monument commemorates the Siege of Leningrad during the Second World War which lasted over two and a half years causing mass starvation and 1,500,000 deaths. It's impossible to imagine the suffering endured by the population so this is a place of reflection and remembrance and is a sombre experience rather than just another tourist site to tick off the list. However when we visited it was very busy as there was some sort of graduation ceremony for young police cadets and there were lots of proud families taking photos. It was nice to see the monument being used for that.
Written 15 October 2019
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Derek I
Chichester, UK30 contributions
It is hard to comprehend the extent of suffering and misery this magnificent monument was built to commemorate.

The monument is typically quite and affords time to reflect and take in the very detailed monuments and sculptures detecting the defence of the city

Yes you can here the murmur of traffic in the background but this does not detract from the peace and calm this monument offers

It is well worth a visit and will leave a lasting impression
Written 6 October 2019
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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain9,932 contributions
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This monument was done in the soviet era to remember people, who helped to the liberation of the city of Leningrad againdst nazis in the Great Patriotic War (or 2nd Worls War in Occident). It is located in the surroundings of Saint Petersburg, in the big avenue called Moskovskiy Prospekt. Really, the full complex is very emotive, impressive, and you can see it from a far place. Also, you can enter in the Pobedy Square and see all figures.
In the place, also there is a museum about the liberation, but pitifully, when we arrived there at evevning, it was yet closed. Next time.
Written 27 September 2019
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Susan T
Gosford, Australia416 contributions
More of the wonderful history where the soldiers returned from the end of WW11. So much history and paid and sorrow
Written 9 September 2019
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