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Piskariovskoye Memorial Cemetery

74 Prospekt Nepokoryonnykh, St. Petersburg 195273, Russia
(812) 297-5716
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Ranked #67 of 987 attractions in St. Petersburg
Type: Cemeteries, Monuments/ Statues
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Nearly half a million civilians who died in the 900-day Siege of Leningrad (the city's name from 1924-1991)are remembered at this cemetery with mass... more » Owner description: Nearly half a million civilians who died in the 900-day Siege of Leningrad (the city's name from 1924-1991)are remembered at this cemetery with mass graves, an eternal flame, a statue of the Motherland, and photographs and documents describing the siege. « less
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Just imagine that the city supply was blocked for 900 days. People had to survive on 125-400 gram of bread for a day, but they did not give up. Come and pay tribute...

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South East London
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136 reviews 136 reviews
60 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

When we visited here Elgar was being played through microphones. This set the scene somehow and gave the area an atmosphere of peace and calm. The grounds are beautifully laid out and there is an altar at the end with sculptures and a huge monument to Mother Russia. The eternal flame burns at the other end and there is a... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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44 reviews 44 reviews
32 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

If you understand what World War II did to Russia, let alone St. Petersburg, and you find yourself here, you must go to this cemetery. A visit here will give you a taste of the death that was everywhere during the early 40s. It isn't difficult to get here, we got here easily, using Asta365s and Brandasa's directions, (thanks). As... More

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Kent, Texas
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73 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

Previous reviews accurately capture the essence of this memorial to the people and defense of Leningrad. With a great interest in the history of WWII, I felt compelled to visit the memorial. more than any of the memorials in the city, this cemetery - with row after row of mass graves - makes a profound and visceral statement about the... More

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Port St Lucie, FL
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66 reviews 66 reviews
63 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

There is a small historical pavilion near the entrance which tells the stories (via video clips and artifacts) of what the residents suffered during the siege of Leningrad (9/41-1/44), Especially moving are the diary pages of 12 y/o Tanya Savicheva, whose entire family was wiped out by starvation and exhaustion; she also succumbed in 7/44. Beyond the pavilion is a... More

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San Francisco, California
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242 reviews 242 reviews
65 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

One must stop by here to get a monumental sense of loss Russia has suffered during WWII. The extent of human tragedy, the heroism of those defending this beautiful city from the invaders, the sense of common cause all fill the air around this most solemn of the memorials. Long live the memory of those who died protecting the rest... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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52 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

This is the site of the mass graves of over 500,000 unknown souls, victims of the siege of Leningrad. I had been moved to tears listening to the sad music of Schumann's Traumerei when I first visited this solemn memorial in 1990. This trip the music was still classical but not solemn so it did not move me as much.... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

After reading the book "The 900 Days" about the Nazi siege of Leningrad, I put this on my must-do list, in spite of not having much free time while in St. Petersburg. I was a little intimidated about venturing out of the city, but it really was very simple to get to (and fairly quick). The specific instructions are in... More

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Ohio
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125 attraction reviews
176 helpful votes 176 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

The cemetery was hard to walk around. It seemed like the mass graves never ended. We went to the Blockade of Leningrad Museum first, to put everything in perspective. It is hard to imagine what it must have been like. I would certainly suggest a visit. This was actually super easy to get to we just followed the directions of... More

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Greenville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2011

Everything said by other reviewers is very true. This is a powerful visit. It is even better if you visit the Siege of Leningrad Museum before hand. Also, to read "The 900 Days" or "Leningrad State of Siege" help you to understand just what happened to cause this cemetery to be here at all. I plan travel to this cemetery... More

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