'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture, Volgograd

See one of the enduring icons of Soviet Russia at 'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture, a towering monument dedicated to one of the country's great World War II triumphs--the battle of Stalingrad. Climb the 200 steps, symbolizing the 200 days of the battle, which lead from the bottom of the hill to the base of the monument. The sculpture represents a woman raising a sword in an act of defiance while extending her other arm in a calling gesture. Measuring 85 m (279 ft) from the tip of the sword to the top of the plinth, it is the world's tallest statue of a woman. The model for the statue was a native of the city who is still recognized for her resemblance to it. Notice how the plinth leans to the side due to seeping groundwater. Start your trip to Volgograd by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.
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  • The main attraction of the Volgograd and possibly home on the theme of WWII for the entire country. Strong, so to speak. Top offers a good view on the Volga River and the new stadium.
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  • Each visit to the Memorial is a cascade of feelings. Admiration for mamorialnym complex in General, grief for the dead and retired veterans of life after the war, and I have both grandfathers fought, responsibility for the future of our country and some children's joy and incredible pride from the greatness of this monument ...
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  • The statue is visible from almost anywhere, but by a twist of fate for the first time, it barely found as thick fog descended. But seen cost Frank delight. In winter people a bit, why the silence produced a single impression. It's hard to imagine that happening here for the holidays. The main attraction, it is impossible not to see, being in the city.
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  • This is a sad day, this is the battle where we lost the great German general Rudol Von Stroheim, may he rest in peace.
  • A MASSIVE statue of "The Motherland Calls" on the Mamayev Kurgan height, commemorating the Battle of Stalingrad. The closer you are going, teh bigger and bigger it is becoming. Interesting fact: The length of the sword is 33 metres.
  • Construction[edit] The Motherland Calls is highly complex from an engineering point of view, due to its characteristic posture with a sword raised high in the right hand and the left hand extended in a calling gesture. The lead sculptor was Yevgeny Vuchetich, and Nikolai Nikitin handled the significant structural engineering challenges of the huge sculpture. The technology behind the hollow statue is based on a combination of prestressed concrete with wire ropes structure, a solution which can be found also in another work of Nikitin's, the super-tall Ostankino Tower in Moscow. Measurements[edit] When the memorial was dedicated in 1967 it was the tallest sculpture in the world, measuring 85 metres (279 ft) from the tip of its sword to the top of the plinth.[1] The plinth measures another 2 metres (6.6 ft), and is installed on a concrete foundation with a depth of 16 metres (52 ft). The figure measures 52 metres (171 ft), and the sword 33 metres (108 ft).[2] The monument weights over 8,000 tonnes (7,900 long tons; 8,800 short tons). The statue contains 5,500 tonnes of concrete and 2,400 tons of metal structures, the sword itself weighs 14 tons.[3] Dedication[edit] Two hundred steps, symbolizing the 200 days of the Battle of Stalingrad, lead from the bottom of the hill to the monument. The statue appears on both the current flag and coat of arms of Volgograd Oblast. Marshal of the Soviet Union Vasily Ivanovich Chuikov is buried in the area of the monument, as is famous Soviet sniper Vasily Zaytsev, who killed 225 Axis soldiers in the battle of Stalingrad. The monument was inspired by the Ancient Greek sculpture the Winged Victory of Samothrace, and was modelled on a local woman, Valentina Izotova.[1] Together with the Rear-front Memorial in Magnitogorsk and Warrior Liberator in Treptower Park, Berlin, the monument is a part of a triptych.[citation needed]
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