Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad

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Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad is the first sight you see if you arrive in Saint Petersburg from the southern direction, on the way from Pulkovo airport. This unique monument commemorates the great feat of Soviet people during the Siege and the glorious Victory in one of the most devastating wars of the humankind.

The Monument

The composition includes 3 main parts:

"Square of the Victors", featuring 26 bronze figures. These are Soldiers, Pilots and Civilians who defended the city. They are looking towards the Pulkovo Heights, where the defensive lines fighting the Nazis were located.

The central part is a 48-m tall granite obelisk with statues of a Soldier and a Worker placed at its pedestal. They symbolize the united effort of the armed forces and Leningrad homefront in the heroic city defense.

The open-air memorial hall is surrounded by a broken ring, which signifies lifting of the Siege, and has beautifully crafted sculptures in the middle. They create a very strong emotional impression of all the pain and suffering endured by Leningrad people during that tragic time.

Underground Memorial Hall

The subterranean part of the museum features a collection of war artefacts: documents, awards, soldiers' personal belongings, weapons, handwritten letters from boys seeking to join the army. The grim silence is interrupted only by the sound of metronome and emergency announcements transmitted on the radio. On a huge display on the wall a short documentary is being broadcast, bringing us closer to the feelings of people who witnessed those horrible events.

Among the highlights are mosaics depicting a Siege and a Victory scene, the map of Leningrad defense and 900 torches lighting the space - as many as the number of days in the Siege.

A visit to the underground Memorial hall is free with Petersburg Card.

Historical facts

The monument was constructed during the 1970-s, designed by S. Speransky and V. Kamensky and sculpted by M. Anikushin. A lot of volunteers took part in the works - not only citizens of Leningrad, but people from other cities as well, and even from other countries. The monument was opened on May 9th 1975, the 30th anniversary of the Victory in World War II. The underground part was not completed on time and opened later, in 1978.

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Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad is located on the Victory Square, just a few minutes away from Moskovskaya metro station - the departure point for buses to the airport and famous suburbs: Pushkin, Pavlovsk, Gatchina.

Plan a visit to this lesser known yet a truly worthwhile museum to see the beautiful tribute to city defenders and get a glimpse into Leningrad tragic wartime past.

Free with
St Petersburg Card
Normal Ticket Price: 200 RUB

Address:
Pobedy sq., entrance by underground passage

Closest metro station:
Moskovskaya

Getting there:
Buses 11, 39, 141, minibuses K11, K290, K213, K29

Phone:
+7 (812) 373-65-63

Website:
www.spbmuseum.ru

Open hours:
Daily: 11.00 - 18.00, tickets till 17.30, tuesday: 11.00 - 17.00, tickets till 16.30, Closed: Wednesday