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Maarjamäe War Memorial

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Why locals love it

In the Soviet Union size really did matter. Be it submarines, planes or microcomputers - everything had to be bigger than everything else. The Maarjamäe memorial can easily be mistaken for an airfield, but thanks to the fine job done by Tallinn's air traffic controllers, no planes have attempted to land there. Yet.

Why you should visit it

Even though the site is in rather poor condition, it still offers a nice view of the Tallinn skyline across the bay and an experience of the Soviets' delusions of grandeur. Behind the memorial there is also a former German cemetery. Ironic some?

Special tip

Locals have given the giant obelisk erected in 1960 a few entertaining nicknames – a common one being Pinocchio.

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3 Comments

It's a huge rustic monument, whitch was built at the time of Soviet Union ruleing. It's defenitely not for everyone's taste, but I just love the athmosphere in there.
Kirke
Local
August 2, 2018
A piece of (architectural ) history. Walk there by the seaside from Kadriorg.
Laura
Local
June 26, 2017
Great view to the Tallinn skyline.
Kalev
Local Expert
August 24, 2016

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