Monument to the Heroes
of the First World War


A monument to soldiers who fell during the First World War was unveiled on Poklonnaya Gora in Moscow on August 1, 2014, to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. The composition expresses gratitude to all the soldiers who stood up for Russia in difficult moments. The monument consists of two parts — there is a soldier on a high pedestal, which depicts the St. George Cross, and there is an infantry going on the attack against the background of the Russian tricolor. The project competition was won by the sculptor Andrey Kovalchuk. He is also the author of two more monuments on Poklonnaya Gora: the Memorial of Glory, which symbolizes the inviolability of the monuments of soldiers who fell in the Great Patriotic War – “We were together in the fight against fascism”, opened in 2010, and the monument to the liquidators of the consequences of the Chernobyl accident, installed in Victory Park in 2017. The sculptural composition to the heroes of the First World War was created with people’s money, and patrons of foreign countries also contributed. The total cost of the work was about 180 million rubles. As Russian President Vladimir Putin stated when opening the monument: there is no coincidence that the monument took its place on Poklonnaya Gora, a memorial complex dedicated to the Great Patriotic War. After all, some veterans of the First World War fought in the Second, showing an example to young soldiers. «The war reminds us of what aggression and selfishness, the exorbitant ambitions of state leaders and political elites that prevail over common sense lead to. And instead of preserving the most prosperous continent in the world – Europe – they plunge it into chaos. It would be good to remember this today. What a terrible price is the unwillingness to hear each other, trampling on other people’s rights and freedoms, legitimate interests in favor of their interests and ambitions», he said.

Address: Moscow, Victory Park