Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Victory Park

After a rainy weekend we headed out Monday to Victory Park.  I've included info on the park at various points of the post.  Sorry, I don't feel like summarizing the info tonight :o)

Victory Park was completed in 1995 to celebrate the 50th aniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War.
Victory Park was built on Poklonnaya Gora, the highest hill in Moscow. This was also the hill Napolean watched from as his army surrounded Moscow in 1812.

Right out of the subway...is it a working clock?  Yes, yes it is.

Victory Park
"The central avenue is called "Years of War": It has five terraces, symbolizing the five years of conflict, and there are 1,418 fountains - one for every day."

 "It runs past a memorial chapel, mosque, and synagogue to the circular Victors' Place, which has a triangular obelisk soaring 150 meters and surmounted by a statue of Nike, the Goddess of Victory. Behind this lies the crescent-shaped Museum of the Great Patriotic War, which gives a detailed but staid overview of Russia's appalling loses and eventual victory."

On the other side of the monuments is a park which we walked through.

A fenced in museum of sorts runs up along the park.  You can view planes, tanks, weapons through the fence.

But perhaps the most important thing learned today was that this sign means Men's Restroom.

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