Hero City Obelisk, Minsk, Belarus

This monument, which celebrates Minsk’s status as one of the Hero Cities of the former Soviet Union, stands at the edge of Victory Park (Парк Победы) and was officially unveiled on May 9, 1985. The 48-metre-tall obelisk is topped with the gold star of the Order of Victory. A statue of a woman representing the motherland stands beside the obelisk.

The plaque on the front of the obelisk reads: За выдающиеся заслуги перед Родной мужество и героизм проявленные перед трудящимися города Минска в борьбе против гитлеровских оккупантов, большую роль в развертывании всенародного партизанского движения в Белоруссии в годы Великой Отечественной войны и в ознаменование 30-летия освобождения Белорусской ССР от немецко-фашистских захватчиков присвоить городу Минску почетное звание Город-герой с вручением ордера Ленина и Медали “Золотая звезда.” указ президиума верхного совета СССР. Москва, кремль. 26 Июня 1974 г.

In English, this reads: For outstanding services to the Motherland, the courage and heroism displayed by the working people of the city of Minsk in the fight against the Hitlerite invaders, the major role in the deployment of a nationwide guerrilla movement in Belarus during World War II and to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the liberation of the Belarussian Soviet Socialist Republic of the German-fascists, the city of Minsk is awarded the honorary title of Hero City with the Order of Lenin and medal “Gold Star.” Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Council of the USSR. The Kremlin, Moscow. June 26, 1974.

Across the street, the words “Минск—Город-герой” “Minsk—Hero City” are displayed on top of a building. The banners and flags were decorations for the ceremonies to celebrate the anniversary of the liberation of Minsk on July 3, 1944.

The obelisk stands at the junction of Victory Avenue and Masherov Avenue (проспект Победителей & проспект Машерова), close to some of Minsk’s more popular tourist hotels, including the Belarus, Planeta and Yubileiny. A new building for the city’s Museum of the Great Patriotic War is currently under construction in the park beside the monument, and is scheduled to open on Victory Day, May 9, 2014.

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