Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Moscow
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Russian: Могила Неизвестного Солдата, read: Mogila Neizvestnova Soldata) is a war memorial, dedicated to the Soviet soldiers killed during WWII. It is located at the Kremlin Wall in the Alexander Garden in Moscow. In front of the monument, there is a five-pointed star in a square field from which emanates the Eternal Flame from its center.
A Changing of the Honor guard Ceremony takes place every hour in front this monument.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a memorial to the Soviet soldiers who died in WWII (and that was a lot).
The remains of all the unknown soldiers were mass buried, originally, in Zelenograd but in 1966 they were relocated to this position, at the Kremlin's wall.
The eternal flame rises out of a star. The torch was lit at the Mars Fields in Satin Petersburg (or Lenningrad as it was then known).
The inscription to the left reads '1941 - To Those Who Have Fallen For The Motherland - 1945'
and the red blocks to the right each contain soil from the cities; Leningrad, Kiev, Stalingrad, Odessa, Sevastopol, Minsk, Kerch, Novorossiysk, Tula and Brest, Murmansk and Smolensk. These are 'hero cities' - they were awarded the status of heroism during the Great Patriotich War.
(An aside re heroic cities: A great book to read, about the battle of Stalingrad is 'Stalingrad' by Antony Beevor)
Tomb of Unknown Soldier is located at Kremlin wall. The Tomb is to dedicate to Soviet Soldiers who died in WW2 against the Nazi invaders. It’s known as The Great Patriotic War -1941-1945.
The tomb is guarded by three soldiers who exchange every hour (gee bad luck for the guard if you are dying to go to the toilet).
We did manage to see the change of the guard; I really dig the goose steps, it could kill.
We visisted this side of the Kremlin and acknowledged the fallen hero, who remains unknown. There is a changing of the guard that takes place here during the day.
Sadly we visited after 21.00, so it had a quiet and eerie quality.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier commemorates the soldiers of the Soviet Army who perished at the front during the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.The memorial was erected under the supervision of architects D.Burdin, V.Klimov and Yu.Rabayev. The sculptor was V.Tomsky. On the black graniteslab burns the "eternal flame of glory". The inscription reads:
Your name is unknown
but your deed is eternal
The porphyry blocks, beside which the guard of honourstands, contain earth from the cities which were awarded the designation"hero city" after the Second World War.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is located in the Aleksandrovsky Garden - just behind the Red Square and Kremlin. It is a war memorial with an eternal flame and is dedicated to the fallen Russian soldiers during World War II.
There is a guard change every hour, and it is worth waiting for… I’m sure that even John Cleese from 'Monty Pythons Silly Walk' would be envious of the walking style of the guards! Even one of the guards thought it was very funny, and he had to fight very hard not to laugh. Nice to see that it was not just stone-faced soldiers…
Situated at the north end of Alexandrovsky Garden on the western wall of the Kremlin is where you'll find the tomb. It's a national pilgrimage spot, I saw newlyweds there laying flowers & having their pictures taken. The tomb contains the remains of one soldier who died in December 1941. There is an eternal flame here & other inscriptions listing the Soviet hero cities of WWII. The changing of the guard happens every hour.
This is a very special and sacred place for the Russians. When WW II was over, remains of one of the soldiers who fell defending Moscow in 1941 were exhumed and brought here to celebrate solemnly the sacrifice of the millions of Soviet soldiers. The eternal flame is guarded by an honor guard.
On the north of the Alexander gardens there is the tomb of the unknown solder, this became a sort of natiolìnal peligrimage place, infact even new wedding couples come here to leave flowers and take some photos as a wish of luck. In the tomb there is a solder dead in 1941 at kilometre 41 of Leningradskoe, the poit closer to Moscow reached by nazists.
There is also a neverending fire near the tomb and the change of the guard here happens to be any hour.If you really want to take a photo of the change of the guard, prepare to be there at least 20 minuts before as it’s always full of curios and, as I said, there are often also wedding couples too.
Unveiled in 1967, this monument has an eternal flame lit with a torch lit from the flame at the Field of Mars in St. Petersburg. The eternal flame burns for all Russians who died in World War II. Underneath the monument is the body of a soldier and there is written the inscription, "Your name is unknown, your deeds immortal."
It`s always a moving experience seeing a monument like this.
The quiet setting, stern looks of the guards and the proximity to the Kremlin certainly enhance this feeling. Outgunned and undersupplied, the ordinary Soviet troops like the man interned here would have faced terrible hardship.
Note the years embossed on the stone bollard - 1941-1945 - before the German invasion the (then) Soviets were not involved in World War II.
THE TOMB OF THE UNCNOWN SOLDIER
It is the main memorial to the heroes of the Great Patriotic War. In the days of celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the routing of the German army near Moscow the remains of an unknown warrior fallen in the battle for Moscow were buried here. His remains were brought from the common grave 41 kilometres (25 miles) outside Moscow on the Leningradsky Highway. The black tomb bears the inscription:
'Your name is unknown,
your deeds immortal.'
On 8 May 1967 an Eternal Flame was lit on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and its flare was brought to Moscow from Marsovo Field in St. Petersburg. To the right of the eternal flame along the Kremlin walls there are granite blocks with the names of city-heroes. Inside these blocks there is earth, stained with the blood of Soviet soldiers, wich was brought from these cities.
/'Great Moscow. Guide.'/
Photo by Andrey Sebrant
I had a look at this, and it just brings home the nature of Russia's role in WW2 and its losses.
It's outside the Kremlin walls near the entrance to red square.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is located in Alexander Garden adjacent to the walls of the Kremlin. It is dedicated to the memory of those who fell in defense of their homeland during World War II.