Minsk roofers climbed the scaffolding and photographed interesting details of the Victory Square monument in August 2019.
A major makeover of the city’s key landmark started last August. All works were completed just in time for Victory Day. The builders cleaned it up and replaced the granite slabs in front of it.
War-themed panels, archival photographs, a multimedia screen, and tactile paving tiles on the floor appeared in the underground hall. Before the obelisk was erected in 1954, a memorial stone stood there.
The 38-meter monument was built in honour of the soldiers of the Soviet Army and partisans of Belarus. Architects – George Zaborsky and Vladimir Korol.
At the base of the monument there are four high reliefs: “May 9, 1945”, “Soviet Army during the Great Patriotic War”, “Belarusian Partisans”, “Honour to Heroes who gave their lives for liberation”.
The Order of Victory made of smalt and bronze crowns a granite column. It is the highest military decoration awarded for World War II service in the Soviet Union, and one of the rarest orders in the world.
The pictures show the details of the monument before its restoration. Recall that the everyday life of workers engaged in reconstruction was brightened up by an unexpected story.
In late October, a message in a champagne bottle was found under one of the old granite slabs. It was left by their colleagues who renovated the monument in 1988. The note gave the names of the builders and how much they got for their work.
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