Minsk Hero City Obelisk

Minsk Hero City Obelisk is a 45 meters tall monument in the shape of an obelisk located on the Victors Avenue in Minsk, Belarus. The Obelisk is dedicated to the fact that Minsk was declared a Hero City on 26 June 1974 for its people's bravery during the Nazi occupation that lasted for 1,100 days.[1] The Obelisk was opened in 1985 commemorating the 40th anniversary of victory in the Great Patriotic War.[2]

Minsk Hero City Obelisk
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The Obelisk in 2016
LocationVictors Avenue 8, Minsk, Belarus
Height45 metres (147.6 feet)
Opening date1985

ConstructionEdit

The designer of the Obelisk was a sculptor Valentin Zankovich. He embodied the vision of the architects V. Yevseev, V. Kramarenko, and V. Romanenko. The monument is topped with the Gold Star medal surrounded by the laurel branch.[2]

ComplexEdit

At the moment, the Obelisk is a part of the large complex of the Belarusian Great Patriotic War Museum. At the bottom visitors can see an engraved text that describes the acquisition of the «Hero City» title by Minsk. Standing with fanfares raised high, the symbolic figure of the Motherland is part of the monument. Nowadays military parades and processions on the day of the key national holiday – Independence Day – take place near the Minsk Hero City Obelisk.[1]

 
Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko near the Obelisk in 2014
 
The Obelisk in 2009

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Great Patriotic War monuments in Belarus | Belarus.by". www.belarus.by. Retrieved 2018-06-28.
  2. ^ a b "Стела Минск город-герой. Обелиск в честь 40-летия победы". poshyk.info (in Russian). 2015-11-08. Retrieved 2018-06-28.

Coordinates: 53°54′57″N 27°32′17″E / 53.91590°N 27.53816°E / 53.91590; 27.53816