Photos of Treptower Park, the Soviet War Memorial in Berlin, Germany

Treptower Park, Soviet War Memorial in Berlin, Germany

Situated in Berlin’s Treptower Park, the Soviet War Memorial is a massive war memorial and military cemetery commemorating 5,000 of the 80,000 Soviet soldiers who fell in the Battle of Berlin during April–May 1945.

Treptower Park, Soviet War Memorial in Berlin, Germany

Designed to epic proportions, the memorial was built to the design of Soviet architect Yakov Belopolsky, and opened four years after World War II on May 8, 1949.

It served as the central war memorial of East Germany.

Treptower Park, Soviet War Memorial in Berlin, Germany

Built on land previously occupied by a sports field, some of the building materials came from the demolished New Reich Chancellery.

Treptower Park, Soviet War Memorial in Berlin, Germany]

Framing the main statue in the distance are a pair of stylized Soviet flags built of red granite, flanked by two statues of kneeling soldiers.

Treptower Park, Soviet War Memorial in Berlin, Germany

Treptower Park, Soviet War Memorial in Berlin, Germany

Treptower Park, Soviet War Memorial in Berlin, Germany

Treptower Park, Soviet War Memorial in Berlin, Germany

Treptower Park, Soviet War Memorial in Berlin, Germany

Treptower Park, Soviet War Memorial in Berlin, Germany

Treptower Park, Soviet War Memorial in Berlin, Germany

Running along both sides of the central area are 16 stone sarcophagi – one for each of the 16 Soviet Republics as existed at the time – with relief carvings of military scenes and quotations from Joseph Stalin, on one side in Russian, on the other side the same text in German.

Treptower Park, Soviet War Memorial in Berlin, Germany

The area is the final resting place for some 5000 soldiers of the Red Army.

Treptower Park, Soviet War Memorial in Berlin, Germany

Treptower Park, Soviet War Memorial in Berlin, Germany

Treptower Park, Soviet War Memorial in Berlin, Germany

The focus of the memorial is a massive 12m tall monument by Soviet sculptor Yevgeny Vuchetich, showing a Soviet soldier with a sword holding a German child standing over a broken swastika.

Treptower Park, Soviet War Memorial in Berlin, Germany

Treptower Park, Soviet War Memorial in Berlin, Germany

Looking inside the base of the statue.

Treptower Park, Soviet War Memorial in Berlin, Germany

Treptower Park, Soviet War Memorial in Berlin, Germany

Treptower Park, Soviet War Memorial in Berlin, Germany

Looking back along the park from the main statue.

Treptower Park, Soviet War Memorial in Berlin, Germany

Treptower Park, Soviet War Memorial in Berlin, Germany

Treptower Park, Soviet War Memorial in Berlin, Germany

Treptower Park, Soviet War Memorial in Berlin, Germany

Treptower Park, Soviet War Memorial in Berlin, Germany

Treptower Park, Soviet War Memorial in Berlin, Germany

Treptower Park, Soviet War Memorial in Berlin, Germany

Stonework detail.

Treptower Park, Soviet War Memorial in Berlin, Germany

Treptower Park, Soviet War Memorial in Berlin, Germany

Treptower Park, Soviet War Memorial in Berlin, Germany

Furthest from the main sculpture is this figure representing the Motherland weeping at the loss of her sons.

Treptower Park, Soviet War Memorial in Berlin, Germany

Treptower Park, Soviet War Memorial in Berlin, Germany

Stone detail near one of the entrances to the park.

Treptower Park, Soviet War Memorial in Berlin, Germany

Treptower Park

Google satellite view. Click here to virtually walk through the park (Via Google Street View).

More info: Treptower Park – Wikipedia

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