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Poklonnaya Hill (Hill of Glory) is a memorial complex dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Victory in the Second World War. It’s one of the most picturesque sities of Moscow.

The Poklonnaya Hill is the flat hill in the western part of Moscow, between rivers Setun and Filka. Once the Poklonnaya Mountain was far beyond the borders of Moscow, and from its top one could see the city panorama.

“Poklonnaya” derives from “poklon” or “bow”, a Russian gesture to pay respect to a person or object of high reverence. Poklonnaya Hill served a good stopover place for travelers and played host to foreign guests.

The Poklonnaya Mountain was first mentioned in chronicles of the 16th century. At that time it was called the Poklonnaya Mountain on Smolenskaya Road. It was on Poklonnaya Mountain that Napoleon was vainly waiting for the keys to Moscow. During World War II the solders passed by the Poklonnaya Mountain leaving for the front to defend Russia.

The grand opening of the Victory Memorial on Poklonnaya Hill was held in Moscow on May 9, 1995.

The Central Museum of Great Patriotic War is located in the round Winners' Square.

In the centre of Winners' Square rises a 141,8 meter high obelisk, crowned by a figure of Nika, a goddess of Victory. Its height symbolizes 1,418 days and nights of the Great Patriotic War.

Part of the War Memorial on Poklonnaya Hill is an open-air Weaponry and Fortification Exposition. It begins with specimens of German armaments advancing on the Soviet line of defense.

On display in the Victory Park are an Exposition of the Navy and the Railway Forces, specimens of artillery guns and aircraft.

In 2003 on the territory of the Memorial the chapel was put up. It commemorates the memory of Spanish volunteers who died during World War II.

Right at the entrance to Poklonnaya Hill is the world’s biggest flower clock, which has been included in the Guinness Book of Records. The clock-face is laid out from some 8000 flowers.

Poklonnaya Hill is one of the most favorite destinations for a good walk and a good rest and is equally admired by both Moscow residents and guests of the Russian capital.

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