Memorial Complex Dedicated to the Cities of Military Glory of Russia
In December 2016, on the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Red Army counteroffensive in the Battle of Moscow, a memorial complex dedicated to the cities of military glory was opened on Poklonnaya Gora. This is a 16-metre stele, the base of which is decorated with relief images of soldiers of the Great Patriotic War and commanders of different eras — Prince Dmitry Pozharsky, Generalissimo Alexander Suvorov, Emperor Peter the Great. The column is crowned by a double-headed eagle with outstretched wings. The memorial complex also includes 45 granite slabs with coats of arms of cities of military glory. The monument was created by an author’s team led by the sculptor Salavat Shcherbakov and the architect Igor Voskresensky. The sculptor Shcherbakov is also the author of other monuments of Victory Park, among them is the monument “We were together in the fight against fascism” (together with A.N. Kovalchuk) depicting the hoisting of the Victory Banner over the Reichstag (installed in 2010), reconstruction of the Alley of Military Glory on Poklonnaya Gora, a monument to the Soldiers of the countries participating in the anti-Hitler coalition (2005) and the memorial to the Internationalist soldiers (2004). The design, manufacture, installation of a granite stele and landscaping of the area around were financed by the Union of Cities of Military Glory and benefactors. The honorary title “City of Military Glory” has been awarded since 2006 for the courage, fortitude and mass heroism shown by the defenders of the city in wartime.
Address: Moscow, Victory Park