Monument of the People's Heroes, Beijing

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The Monument to the People's Heroes is a ten-story obelisk that was erected as a national monument of the People's Republic of China to the martyrs of revolutionary struggle during the 19th and 20th centuries. It is located in the southern part of Tiananmen Square in Beijing, to the north of Mausoleum of Mao Zedong. The monument was built in accordance with a resolution of the First Plenary Session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference adopted on November 30, 1949, with construction lasting from August 1952 to May 1958. The architect of the monument was Liang Sicheng, with some elements designed by his wife, Lin Huiyin. The civil engineer, Chen Zhide (陈志德) was also instrumental in realising the final product.The monument has also served as the centre of large-scale mourning activities that later developed into protest and unrest, such as the deaths of Premier Zhou Enlai (which developed into the Tiananmen Square protests of 1976) and Hu Yaobang (which developed into the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989).DescriptionThe monument has an estimated height of and covers an area of. It weighs over 10000t and contains about 17,000 pieces of marble and granite from Qingdao, Shandong Province, and the nearby Fangshan District.
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  • An integral part of Tiananmen Square, is located between the buildings of the great Palace of the people and the Museum of the history of China.
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  • This obelisk is architecturally no eyecatcher but with its 38 meters altitude certainly impressive. It has 6 years to build it, 6 years without much inspiration;-)
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  • It is a huge monument is located near the center of Tiananmen Square. Do not feel too square monument is huge, so big. Rather I just take pictures of this monument, there were few. Tourists walked in the direction of the National Palace Museum.
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  • It is located in the southern part of Tiananmen Square in Beijing, to the north of Mausoleum of Mao Zedong. I think it's not a good idea to get very close to the obelisk. Because guards might consider you as an offender. It's a huge statue, enjoy form a little distance!
  • The centerpiece of the square, this large obilisk can Elbe seen from almost anywhere in the square. When I was there there was a demonstration with elementary students standing in unison as cards of this monument. It was very touching and sweet.
  • Thet started building it in 1952 and finished in 58. Why did it take them so long? Strange ..it's not Cheop's pyramid.
  • Pretty cool monument dedicated to the struggle against Western colonialism in China.
  • Well, if you visit the square it will be part of your visit. Going only for it is senseless.

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