Treptower Park Soviet War Memorial

No matter how much I despise the monumental Soviet style that can still be found in almost every city in Romania, at the same time, there is something about it that captivates me. Probably it is because of the scale of the constructions or the simplicity and realism of its representations. The War Memorial dedicated to the 80,000 Soviet soldiers who died in the Battle of Berlin from Treptower Park is one of the monuments which truly impressed me.

There are two main entrances to the sight, both flanked by triumphal arches which will lead you to the first statue: the weeping Motherland. From here, the path leads to a platform on which two symmetric red Soviet flags with two kneeling soldiers stand. From here you can view the monument’s main square encompassing 16 stones engraved with quotes by Stalin in Russian and German, while at the end stands the 12m tall statue of a Soviet soldier with a child in his arms stepping on the swastika. The story surrounding the statue is that the Sergeant of Guards Nikolai Masalov lost his life in the battle as he was trying to protect a three year old German girl who had lost her mother. Another interesting aspect is that the monument also serves as the burial place for around 5,000 Red Army soldiers  who fell in 1945 in Berlin.

Although it takes up a large surface of the park, do not expect to find it on the side with the lake, but on the other side of the road. The signs pointing towards the monument are rather misleading, but if you have trouble locating it (which happened to me the first time I went searching for it), don’t be afraid to ask someone for directions. Honestly, it would be a pity to pass by it.

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