I have to admit I only knew there was a huge statue of Motherland in Volgograd. I didn't expect the whole ensemble being masterfully arranged on Mamayev Hill. The visit was amazing. Firstly you only see the statue and one set of stairs and as you walk along, many of the other monuments appear before you. Large and very impressive statues, fountains, one set of stairs with marches and period recordings from the war being played. Then there's the amazing eternal flame with the guard. The final walk to the statue is framed by tombs of war heroes, including the famous sniper Zaitsev, who, even though dying in 1992, was only recently buried here. It's the last grave and you won't miss it. And then there's the statue itself, masterfully done and very impressive. Really breathtaking memorial to a city that suffered greatly during World War II and reminder to the rest of humanity that war only brings tragedy. Definitely a must see when you're in Volgograd, but then, I guess you are planning to go because of the WWII heritage.
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