The immense 'Motherland' statue (279 feet/85 meter) at the top of the Mamayev hill. Over there some of the most intense fighting during WWII took place. The statue is the Russian version of the Statue of Liberty.
Volgograd (Волгогра́д), formerly known as Tsaritsyn (1589–1925) and Stalingrad (1925–1961), is an important industrial city in Russia and located on the western bank of the Volga River.
Population: 1,021,215 (2010).
Climate (daily mean): -7°C (20°F) Winter ~ 30°C (85°F) Summer.
Distance: Moscow 905 km (560 miles) ~ Sochi: 690 km (430 miles).
The city reaches out for 100 km along the river bank which makes it one of the longest cities in Europe.
Modern Volgograd is a large scale industrial centre with industries like fuel, metallurgical, chemical, oil, engineering industry, tree and food industry.
Volgograd with the future 2018 World Cup Football stadium.
The Battle of Stalingrad (August 1942 – February 1943) was among the bloodiest battles in the history of warfare. It is probably the most strategically decisive battle of the whole war; it was a turning point in WWII.
Volgograd city map
The city is close to the unique Volga-Akhtubin floodplains, the last pristine stretch of the Volga river valleys. The lakes make up to 30% of the park’s territory and count over 200 species of birds.
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