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Memorial complex "Afghan Gates" description and photos - Russia - Volga region: Penza. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photos and a map showing the nearest significant objects.
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On August 1, 2010, in the park opposite the city administration, a commemorative memorial was opened, dedicated to the natives of Penza who died in the line of military duty in Afghanistan. The initiator of the construction of the memorial complex in the central part of the city was the regional organization of the disabled of the Afghan war represented by its chairman, as well as Penza veterans and the board of the Penza charitable foundation "Veteran". The author of the granite structure "Afghan Gate" was the honored Russian sculptor Alexander Bem.
The memorial complex includes a granite stylobate, decorated with eight bronze bas-reliefs (each weighing about a ton), steles with the names of the dead (128 people) and missing (6 people) natives of the city of Penza. Between the eight-meter arch and the stele there is an eternal flame lit at the Victory Monument in the central square. The life-size images on the columns tell the story of the episodes of the Afghan warrior's journey: seeing off, hostilities, returning home.
The Afghan Gate Memorial Complex with a total area of 3,500 square meters is the largest building in Russia today dedicated to the soldiers who died in Afghanistan. Afghan fellow soldiers from all over the country regularly come to Penza to honor the memory of the victims and lay fresh flowers at the foot of the memorial.
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