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Monuments and Historical Sites of St. Petersburg – Piskarevskoe Memorial Cemetery

From February 1942 onwards, all mass burials occurred near the village of Piskarevka thus forming the Piskarevskoe Memorial Cemetery. The burial place of more than 470.000 citizens, who died of starvation, bombardments and cold during the siege of Leningrad, was solemnly opened in 1960. The slightly raised mounds are marked by year and a long alley leads the visitor to a monument with a statue of the Motherland, portrayed as a grieving woman. Many of St. Petersburg families come to the cemetery once or twice a year to bring flowers and pay tribute to the city's defenders.

Near the entrance there is an eternal flame, where everyone stops and gives a minute’s silence in mourning for all those lost during the siege and two pavilions, housing an exhibit of moving photographs and documents depicting the siege. During summer time Russians drop coins into the small ponds in the cemetery, which go towards the maintenance of the site.


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