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This is a repost of a photo I put up quite a while ago, but I wanted to do some enhancement and add the frame. This series is one of my oldest, as I took it on a trip when I was a teenager, way back last century (!) in 1993, only about 18 months after the fall of the Soviet Union, I suppose, so things hadn't really changed all that much when I was there. It was very educational to see all the Soviet apparatus still essentially in place. I would very much like to revisit those places, to see what changes have occurred over the last several decades.

Victory Square: known as Round Square (lol) before 1954, this great Victory Monument was designed in 1954 by architects G. Zaborskiand V. Korol. It ends the central part of Independence Avenue and is one of the most impressive landmarks in the city of Minsk. The original square was begun in the 1930s. In 1985, for the 40-year anniversary of victory in WWII, the square was largely reconstructed. The platform before the monument was extended and several pedestrian underpasses were created and connected to the entrance to the Victory Square Metro Station, which I have a few photos of but they’re so dark that they’re difficult to see. The foundation underground was encircled by a passageway gallery that features a memorial hall to the victims of WWII. In the center of the hall stands an illuminated wreath of colored glass, and on the wall is a bronze relief of the Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union and memorial plaques with the names of 566 officers and soldiers who died trying to liberate Belarus from the Nazis and were consequently awarded the highest government honor. Memorial granite blocks are installed in the hall.

I have photos of obelisks from around the world, but I think this one is the most far afield I’ve seen.

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Additional Photos by Terez Anon (terez93) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 92 W: 78 N: 1151] (2036)
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