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Famous Memorials From Around The World

Updated: Jan 19

To see the emotional power of architecture, one only needs to look to some of the world’s famous monuments and memorials. Here we have included a few examples of some of the most memorable. Read on to discover more.


9/11 Memorial

This Memorial Site was established on September 11, 2011, to commemorate close to 3,000 people who were killed in the World Trade Centre terror attacks in 2001. It is based at the World Trade Center's former location in New York. Two big pools sit on this very ground where the Twin Towers once stood. These pools are surrounded by bronze panels inscribed with names of people who died in the 2001 attacks as well as the 1993 bombing.

Holocaust Memorial

The Holocaust Memorial opened on May 10, 2005, to honour the Jews who lost their lives during Hitler’s regime. It is based in Berlin, Germany. It occupies an area of 19,000 square meters. 2,711 concrete blocks of different heights are arranged in a grid pattern, over the surface of land. The Memorial Park is supplemented by an underground centre known as The Information Center. This is where information and biographies of the victims can be seen.

Vimy Ridge

Vimy Ridge is also called the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. It is a war memorial site located in Vimy, Pas-de-Calais, France. It was unveiled on July 26, 1936, to honour over 10,000 Canadian Corps who died in the Battle of the Vimy Ridge in 1917. It consists of two large pylons erected 30m above a platform. One bears the fleur-de-lis for France and the other bears the maple leaf as a symbol of Canada.

Memorial to the Victims of Communism

The Memorial to the Victims of Communism is a memorial tribute for the victims of the communist era between 1948 and 1989. It is located in Prague, Czech Republic. The memorial appears as an optical illusion in the sense that the sculptures appear to be more decayed the further that the viewer is. The memorial is a tribute to the political prisoners of the age of communism.

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