Vul. Stryiska – monument to the War Glory of the Soviet Army

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The monument was set up in 1970. Its authors were sculptors Dmytro Krvavych, Emanuil Mysko, Yaroslav Motyka, monumental artist Oleksandr Pyrozhkov, and architects Myron Vendzylovych and Apolon Ohranovych. Today the presence of the monument is the subject of heated debate. In 2007 the inscription "Glory to the Soviet Army" was replaced by "To the winners over Nazism".

History

The monument was established in May 1970. The place was chosen on one of the main highways leading to the city from the south, at the corner of Stryiska and then Hvardiyska (now Heroiv Maydanu) streets. Earlier, there was the Stryiskyi cemetery here (founded in the 1780s, closed in the mid-19th c.). During WW1, Russian soldiers were buried there, as well as the Wehrmacht military during WW2. On the other hand, the monument serves as a monumental completion of the main alley of the Bohdan Khmelnytskyi Park of Culture and Recreation: this alley steeply rises from present-day vul. Vitovskoho to vul. Stryiska; in the Soviet times, there were monuments to Lenin and Stalin on both sides of it.

There have for a long time been debate in Lviv on dismantling the monument or its parts. In particular, the inscription "Glory to the Soviet Army" was replaced by "To the winners over Nazism" in 2007.

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Architecture

The monument is an entire complex and occupies a significant area paved with concrete and granite. In the center of its composition, there are massive bronze figures of a Red Army soldier and the "Motherland." The high pillar is covered with red granite on the sides and has bronze high reliefs depicting different types of troops. The background for these vertical figures is a horizontal stele made of reinforced concrete and faced with labradorite tiles; it has massive high reliefs on both sides, depicting episodes from the history of the Soviet Army and the annexation of Western Ukraine by the USSR.

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