Monday, June 11, 2007

Top 10 Communist Monuments to Visit

Mao Mausoleum (and other Communist monuments on Tiananmen Square to include the Monument to the People's Heroes and the Great Hall of the People) - Beijing

The Stalingrad memorial on Mamayev Kurgan - Volgograd

The Grand Monument to Kim Il-Sung - Pyongyang

Lenin's mausoleum (I would include all of Red Square but Lenin's waxy corpse is about the only Communist bit left on it since they closed the Lenin Museum) - Moscow

A pair of heads:
- The largest Lenin head in the world - Ulan Ude
- The largest Karl Marx head in the world - Chemnitz

Stalin World - outside of Vilnius (technically not a monument by Communists, but deserves a mention)

Palace of Culture and Science - Warsaw

The Weltzeituhr (World Time Clock) in Alexanderplatz - Berlin

Technically not a monument by Communists, but a personality cult monument: the Neutrality Arch in Niyazov featuring the famous statue of the late Turkmenbashi

And ... The Monument to the Third International by Vladimir Tatlin (if only it had been built ... of course, it would have collapsed under its own weight ... but the plans are impressive to examine today)


Paul Morton said...

There's also the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum in Hanoi in which the real Uncle Ho looks reduced to a wax dummy.

May I also recommend Szoborpark outside Budapest, similar to the Stalin World you mention near Vilnius. Oh, and in Riga, the site of the old Nazi prison camp is now dominated by massive Soviet statues. It looks like something from a bad science fiction movie.

Drew said...

Isn't the Berlin TV Tower also at Alexanderplatz? I love that thing.