The Victory Park on the Poklonnaya Hill in Moscow

One of the highest spots in Moscow, Poklonnaya Gora (Poklonnaya Hill) is a memorial complex and a large recreation area celebrating the defeat of German fascism in WWII.

Its name is translated as ‘a bow-down hill’, or ‘a worshipful submission hill’, as everyone approaching the Russian capital from the west was expected to pay homage here. Throughout its history, this hill always played a great strategic role providing the best view of the Russian capital.

 

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Публикация от Anna Shiri (@shiri_tm)

In the times of the Napoleon wars and the French invasion of Russia in 1812, it was here that Napoleon in vain expected the Russians to bring him the keys to the Kremlin.

Nowadays, the area is a wonderful place for family recreation and patriotic education. It’s a large complex containing the Victory Park with various attractions — monuments, religious buildings, museum displays, amusement and catering facilities.

 

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Публикация от Владимир Баграмов (@vldmbg)

The memorial ensemble which includes the Eternal Flame and the Victory Monument to those who fell and who survived the war was created by the famous sculptor Zurab Tsereteli. The monument is 141.8 meters high, which is 10 cm for each day of war. Other impressive landmarks are the Tragedy of the People Monument in memory of the victims of the Nazi genocide, the monument to the anti-Hitler coalition countries, the Monument to the Spanish volunteers killed in WWII, the Monument to the Defenders of Russia depicting three Russian soldiers, and other sculptural objects.

 

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Публикация от Марина Федякина (@marinafedia)

 

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Публикация от Владимир Бабкин, писатель (@vladimir.v.babkin)

The religious part of the park features the Temple to St. George the Victorious, the patron saint of Moscow, storing a piece of the saint’s relics. There is also a memorial synagogue dedicated to the Holocaust and storing important artefacts, materials, valuable documents, photographs and films, and a memorial mosque in memory of the muslim soldiers killed during WWII.

 

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Публикация от Dmitrii Sidiakin (@syddim)

 

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Публикация от Олеся 🍁 (@olesja_00)

The Victory Museum located in the park is one of the leading world military and historical museums, and a biggest national historical, research and educational center. A symbol of the people’s memory of tragic and legendary events of the WWII and the Great Patriotic War, it’s the place where the past meets the present, teaching the new generations to respect the heroic deeds of their fathers.

 

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Публикация от Мария Сапронова (@sapronovamaria29)

 

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Публикация от Владимир Бабкин, писатель (@vladimir.v.babkin)

The museum offers various tour programs and has over 6000 exhibits, including original weapons and military artefacts, awards, equipment, posters, photographs, documents and other war items on display. During the general tour, available in English, the visitors can climb the steps of the Reichstag in a three-dimensional historical and artistic panorama ‘The Battle of Berlin’.

 

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Публикация от Евгений Сергеевич (@evgeniy_nadstavskyy)

In addition to the extensive indoor display at the Victory Museum, the park offers a great open-air exhibition of over 300 pieces of weaponry — tanks, military vehicles, airplanes, mortars, howitzers and other formidable guns used in the WWII.

Among other attractions, the park features 15 illuminated fountains with 15 water-generating jets each, equal to the number of weeks the WWII lasted, and the largest flower watch in the world.

 

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Публикация от Marina Zhelvis (@budyveritvbuddy)

In addition, both children and young adults are welcome to enjoy WWII themed rides and attractions, ride mountain bikes or go mountain-boarding on dirt-tracks and crossed terrain, and numerous asphalt coated slopes and lanes are very popular among roller addicts. After such an eventful day the visitors can relax and have a snack at any of 13 fast foods cafes or cozy restaurants of the park.

A great vacation spot, Victory Park on Poklonnaya Hill is a perfect place to spend a day and flip through important pages of Russian and European history.

 

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Публикация от Светлана Лукьяненко (@lukianenkosvetlana)

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