Memorial to the Great Patriotic War

Location: Daugavpils, Latvia

Completed: 1969

Sculptor: Indulis Folkmaņis

Alternative name: Monument to the Liberators of the City/World War II Memorial

Genre: War memorial, Soviet memorial, former USSR

Erected in the centre of the city’s (former) Glory Square, the 14-metre tall obelisk represents a bayonet encircled by ringed bas relief featuring the faces of Soviet soldiers. The obelisk was made from stainless steel sheets, whereas the bas relief, which was added in 1970, was created from copper. The memorial was inaugurated in 1969 to mark the 25th anniversary of the liberation of Daugavpils from the Germans during World War II.

Indulis Folkmaņis, the Latvian sculptor responsible for the memorial, also designed the Monument to the Latvian Red Riflemen on the outskirts of Daugavpils.

Memorial to the Great Patriotic War (World War II Memorial) in Daugavpils, Latvia | War memorial | Soviet memorial | former USSR

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