The Sowjetische Ehrenmal is a war memorial constructed by the Soviet Union between 1946 and 1949. The monument was built in memory of more than 20,000 Soviet soldiers who died in the battle of Berlin in 1945 and to remind Berliners of the sacrifice made by the Red Army in their battle against Nazism.
It covers a massive area in the Treptower Park, which is located in the south east of Berlin. The entrance is flanked by massive triangular red marble structures. It is said most of the granite and marble used to construct the Sowietische Ehrenmal was originally going to be used by the Nazis to make their victory monuments. The two tanks at the entrance are also said to have been the first two to enter the city of Berlin.
Once inside the entrance, well manicured landscaped gardens and lawns surround you. The square shaped compound is approximately 200 meters long and 100 meters wide. Surrounding the pathways are large blocks of granite with engravings depicting the war and historical events. On each is a quote from Stalin.
The focal point of the war memorial is the massive bronze statue of a Soviet soldier which sits on top of a mausoleum. It is a very impressive sculpture, with the soldier standing, sword in hand, on a swastika, symbolizing the Soviet victory over the Nazis.
Red Army veterans often visit the memorial and large crowds can be expected on anniversary days but generally it is a quiet, peaceful, contemplative place to visit.
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