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Mamaev Kurgan statue

by Jorge Sanchez - 4 years ago

Present Volgograd was founded in the XVI century as Tsaritsyn, and changed the name in Stalin times as Stalingrad. Today is called Volgograd because of the river Volga. It has about one million inhabitants. Volgograd is one of the heroic cities of the old Soviet Union, like Murmansk, Saint Petersburg, Sevastopol, etc. I stopped during three days in this town in my way from Sochi, in the Black Sea, to Yekaterinburg. My hotel was the "Intourist", not far from the railway station, and I paid about 25 dollars for a double room with all conditions (we were two PAX). I found the town cheap compared with Moscow, and visited several places that are a must for every traveller: the first one was the Mamaev Kurgan statue and the memorial inside, which is a very impressive monument dedicated to the hundreds of thousands of people who died during the II World War. I also went to the Panorama museum, which explains the battle of Stalingrad. These kinds of museums exist in many towns of Russia and Ukraine, as for instance Sevastopol, in Crimea, or Moscow. A building that you should visit as well is the ruins of the old windmill factory that has been preserved, the same way as the Japanese keep Hiroshima buildings destroyed by the atomic bomb or the Germans the Berlin church in Kurfürtensdamm. This town is unique in recent Russian history


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