Mamaev Kurgan, which is Russian for "tumulus/burial mound of Mamai," is a memorial complex in Volgograd commemorating the Soviet fighters who died at the Battle of Stalingrad in 1943. During the battle, this very spot was the location of four months of violence, which finally resulted in Russian victory. T
The complex was built between 1959 and 1967 and features statues and structures dedicated to the fallen, including an eternal flame and pantheon inscribed with the names of the soldiers who died in battle here.
The most important, and certainly the most visually prominent, attraction in the Mamayev memorial complex is the Motherland Calling statue, a giant 85-metre-high sculpture of Mother Russia at the top of the hill, signifying patriotic pride.
The Motherland is the tallest statue in Russia and Europe and one of the tallest statues in the world; for comparison, the Statue of Liberty in New York City stands at just 46 metres! Designed by Yevgeny Vuchetich and made from a hollow concrete body with a stainless steel sword, the Motherland is quite the sight to behold and it attracts more than two million visitors a year.
The Motherland Calls is such an important feature in the city that it even features on the Volgograd Oblast flag and coat of arms. If you visit Volgograd at night, take a look at the Mamayev hill to see Motherland lit up by floodlights.
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Entry to Mamayev Kurgan
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