Today is Victory Day in Russia.
Piskaryovskoye Memorial Cemetery is closely connected with The Great Patriotic War, with the siege of Leningrad.
The cemetery is located on the Avenue of the Unvanquished (проспект Непокорённых). There’s a monument nearby: “Glory to heroic defenders of Motherland!»
From September 4, 1941 to January 22, 1944, 107,158 air bombs were dropped on the city, 148,478 shells were fired, 16,744 men died, 33,782 were wounded, and 641,803 died of starvation.
A museum devoted to the feat of citizens and defenders of Leningrad is located in the two pavilions at the entrance to Piskaryovskoye cemetery: Tanya Savicheva’s diary is exhibited there (she was a schoolgirl living in the horror of winters 1941–1942).
Your feat is eternal in the hearts of generations to come:
Leningrad under siege will retain the memory of you:
There are mass graves on the left and on the right of the central alley. The year of burial is indicated on commemorative stones:
The central alley leads to the memorial to residents of Leningrad fallen during the siege. Mother Motherland monument is in the center of the memorial:
The words of Olga Berggolts are carved on the granite wall behind the monument:
Here lie Leningraders
Here are citydwellers – men, women, and children
And next to them, Red Army soldiers.
They defended you, Leningrad,
The cradle of the Revolution
With all their lives.
We cannot list their noble names here,
There are so many of them under the eternal protection of granite.
But know this, those who regard these stones:
No one is forgotten, nothing is forgotten.
Central alley view from the memorial:
There are red tulips at the memorial:
Ribbons of Saint George are tied to branches of the trees:
Commemorative Alley runs along the eastern frontier of the cemetery:
There are commemorative plates along the alley:
There are individual burial places on the west part of the cemetery:
There’s also a pond with an island, swans and gulls there:
Star is placed on the Avenue of the Unvanquished near the cross with Piskaryovsky avenue:
Commemorative plate on house 11:
It is named for heroism of Leningrad citizens demonstrated during 900 days’ siege of the city in 1941–1944.