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Poklonnaya Gora is one of the highest spots in Moscow, standing at 171 metres. Located west from the centre of the city, it is home to many interesting sites.

The main one is Park Pobedy (Victory Park), a green space unveiled in 1995 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of the Great Patriotic War (known as World War II outside of Russia). At its centre is a concrete alley that leads to the memorial church of St. George (also completed in 1995) and an impressive 142-metre obelisk. Its meaning is quite obvious, as it depicts St. George, patron saint of Russia, felling a dragon bearing a Nazi symbol.

Park Pobedy is also home to two museums (which we did not visit because we were there at night, past closing time): the Museum of Jewish Legacy History and Holocaust, which is inside the Memorial Synagogue at Poklonnaya Hill; and the Museum of the Great Patriotic War (site in Russian only: http://www.museum-cmvov.ru/).

Finally, if you go to Poklonnaya Gora by metro and get off at Park Pobedy metro station, you will see a Triumphal Arch in the middle of Kutuzovsky Prospekt. Built in 1834, removed from Belarussky Vokzal in the 1930s and finally rebuilt at its current location in 1968, it commemorates Napoleon's defeat in 1812.

Poklonnaya Gora's other metro station, Kutuzovskaya, is closer to the Borodino Panorama, where you can see a giant (115-metre long and 14-metre high) circular painting of the battle of Borodino by Russian artist Franz Roubaud.

Address: metro: Ploshad' Pobedy
Directions: Park Pobedy or Kutuzovskaya metro stations.

Borodino Panorama: Kutuzovsky Prospect 38.

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  • Written Dec 2, 2007
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