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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  • Built in the year 1997, in honour of the victims of political repressions! Located on a hill. Perhaps the main attraction of Magadan. Great views of the city
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  • When you look at the whole memorial complex "the mask of sorrow", once again reminded how genius Ernst Neizvestny. What a great meaning and strength in every detail of the monument. And concrete blocks-the names of the camps, and the tears and the prison Bell and mourning grief woman and symbolic crucifixion, and symbols of all religions. In addition it is a great observation platform where beautiful views of the entire city of Magadan
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  • Very tough here is when you realize how many people died in these camps. Each camp, tens of thousands of people. The monument is impressive
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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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