I first stumbled upon this huge Soviet war memorial ten years ago after a night out, and I remember being quite taken by the size of it.
Located in Treptower Park in what was then East Berlin and built in 1949 for the thousands of Soviet soldiers who died in Berlin during World War II, it is the largest Soviet war memorial outside of the former USSR. There is only one way in, and the entire memorial leads to a twelve-meter-tall statue of a Soviet soldier carrying a sword and a child.
It’s incredible how much history this city has seen in the last one hundred years, and it is places like this that remind you it wasn’t that long ago that half of the city belonged to another country.
Photos: Courtesy of Sven Schumann