When it comes to our historical past, there is a lot of information which fails to reach people over generations, especially since history, as it has been pointed out numerous times, is written by the winners. Even if it has always been underlined that history offers an objective look over the events which have changed the face of the world in time, it is worth mentioning once more that subjectivity is forever present in the history books, especially since we have only one side of the story presented to us.
But nevertheless the accounts historians provide individuals with are of extreme value as they recall the past events which would have otherwise fallen into forgetfulness.
But since the purpose of this website is to allow readers to get as much information as possible about the tourist attractions available throughout Eastern Europe, we are going to do just that.
The subject matter of today’s article is the Museum of Great Patriotic War, or as it is officially known: ‘The National Museum of History of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 years.’
Even without knowing too much historical facts, it is quite simple for everyone to determine that the Great Patriotic War is an obvious allusion to WWII and to the Nazi invasion. It is not the purpose of this piece of article to give insight into the conflagration itself, so we are going to focus our attention on the memorial complex which has been developed as a means to commemorate the heroic souls which have perished while protecting their country. The idea to create the Museum of the Great Patriotic War emerged almost immediately, but it was not put into effect as there were other matters more urgent for the government to attend to, such as developing strong plans of reconstructing the nation and building the economy from scraps.
It was not until 1974 that the museum came into being and it was initially housed by the former Klovsky Palace. Even though it drew attention since its inauguration, in time it gained even more importance and it became a national icon. This is actually the largest museum located on the Ukrainian territory and even more, the most prominent one. The exhibits contain more than 300 displays and the museum constantly unveils new additions to the exhibitions, keeping the history alive.
The museum houses exhibits which portray the heroic acts of Ukrainian soldiers in battles carried in different parts of the world and what is more, it focuses on enriching the military history of the country by carrying research in the domain, by gathering scientific facts and by cataloguing the developments of the Ukrainian army.
The impressive expositions have been gazed upon by almost 25 million tourists that have come from all over the world to admire the exhibits the museum has to offer.
The Motherland Monument is part of the National Museum of History and it is a highly recognizable monument throughout the world. This item is a statement for the battle carried and for the bravery with which the soldiers have defended their motherland. This being said, it is no wonder why the monument is named the way it is. In order to best capture the significance of the monument, the architects behind it have developed it at a large scale, in as much as one can spot the immense sculpture from either corner of the Ukrainian capital.
It is erected on a platform which measures 40 meters, reaching 102 meters in height and weighting more or less 500 tons. Standing tall with its sword high above her head, the statue seems to be a guardian of the Ukrainian nation, always being on the lookout for possible dangers and always prepared to take them head on.
The sculpture, as many other monuments which are part of the National Museum of History of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 years are unique – most of them due to the intelligently developed mechanisms behind them. The bottom line is that this specific museum preserves a considerable piece of the Ukrainian history and it is worth your time if you ever visit Kiev.