The Mound of Glory is a memorial complex, located 21 km from Minsk, Belarus on the Moscow Highway that is intended to honor Soviet soldiers who fought during World War II.
It was established in 1969 on the 25th anniversary of the “liberation” of Belarus from the Nazis during Operation Bagration (1944) by bringing in scorched soil from the nine “Hero Cities” of the former Soviet Union and from the battlegrounds of World War II.
Fortunately, there are plenty of tanks and artillery around to check out as well:
On the day Andy, Nigel and I were there, preparations were being made for a military ceremony later in the day:
Part of the ceremony utilized this sound system which had just finished being set up:
Which led to this somewhat surreal scene of the tough Belorussian soldiers using the sound system to blast Cher across the Mound of Glory landscape:
The dramatic Mound of Glory… The four titanium-covered bayonets pointing directly at the sky are said to represent the four fronts on which divisions of the Red Army, partisans and members of other underground organizations successfully completed the liberation of Belarus: