Mask of Sorrow, Magadan

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The Mask of Sorrow is a monument perched on a hill above Magadan, Russia, commemorating the many prisoners who suffered and died in the Gulag prison camps in the Kolyma region of the Soviet Union during the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. It consists of a large concrete statue of a face, with tears coming from the left eye in the form of small masks. The right eye is in the form of a barred window. The back side portrays a weeping young woman and a headless man on a cross. Inside is a replication of a typical Stalin-era prison cell. Below the Mask of Sorrow are stone markers bearing the names of many of the forced-labor camps of the Kolyma, as well as others designating the various religions and political systems of those who suffered there.The statue was unveiled on June 12, 1996 with the help of the Russian government and financial contributions from seven Russian cities, including Magadan. The design was created by the sculptor Ernst Neizvestny, whose parents fell victim to the Stalinist purges of the 1930s; the monument was constructed by Kamil Kazaev. The mask stands 15 metres high and takes up 56 cubic metres of space.WikisourceDecree about labor camps of 1919, in RussianA decree about penal labor, 1929, in Russian
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  • This place overlooks the city, you can see both the Bay and the city. monument dedicated to the victims of the Gulag, watch particularly inside. If you come in autumn, on a hill just above, you can eat berries-cranberries straight from the hive, if of course you did not do other customers. This place is frequented by locals, as spending time as say, come to the promenade and contemplate the beautiful views and fuss.
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  • «Máska Skórbi» — Memorial in Magadan, dedicated to the memory of victims of political repression. The Central monument with a height of 15 meters. 
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  • Magadancy to the observation deck come to admire views of the city, not to once again admire the masterpiece!
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  • Great place. Cool look is always true and never tire, the road is not very good, those who do not have transport hard to get away and found dogs
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  • Interesting composition. Enjoy beautiful views of the city and the surrounding bays. Be sure to visit all the tourists.
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  • A good place to rest. Offers a complete overview of the city
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  • One of the attractions of Magadan. From the heights offers excellent views.
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  • Hence, a great view of the city and with due you want, you can come here on foot-lifting can places seem a bit hard, but on top of the benefit, is where to sit and relax, admiring the beauty of the city and its environs. The "Mask of sorrow" is one of the main symbols of this land and, perhaps, one of the first places that should see the stranger who visited this region.
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