KETIKS.COM – Standing majestically in the city of Volgograd, there is a monument in the form of a giant woman who is elegant and graceful but intimidating. With a giant sword in her hand, this tallest monument in Europe is a symbol of Russia’s strength and determination as a nation. This monument is called The Motherland Calls, a monument dedicated to The Battle of Stalingrad. (Shinehire)
The Motherland Calls were designed by monument expert Yevgeny Viktorovich Vuchetich and engineer Nikolay Vasilyevich Nikitin. Construction of the monument began in 1959 and was completed in 1967. Making it the world’s tallest monument before it was surpassed by the Dai Kannon of Kita no Miyako Park in Japan. But this monument remains the tallest monument in Europe to this day.
The Motherland Calls has an complex design. It’s intricate posture and size pose a challenge to the engineers working. However, all of these problems were overcome by using prestressed concrete and iron wire. The combination of the two manages to balance the unstable arm. As well as the lightweight material won’t put a lot of pressure on the monument’s foundation.
The Motherland Calls is located on Lenina Street, Mamayev Kurgan, Volgograd City, Russia. Also on this historical site, we can visit various halls and small monuments. Such as The Eternal Flame, Hall of Military Glory, and many others. Uniquely, the monument weighing 8,000 tons has 200 steps from the base of the hill to the foot of the monument. Symbolizes the duration of The Battle of Stalingrad, which is 200 days.
As previously mentioned, The Motherland Calls was created as a reminder of The Battle of Stalingrad. A crucial battle between Germany and Russia in the 2nd World War. This monument was made to remember this bloody battle that claimed the lives of 2 million, so that future generations will not forget it. It is also a symbol of strength and courage for millions of Russian citizens.