On July, 2 Belarusian President Aliaksandr Lukashenka and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin opened a new museum of the Great Patriotic War. From now on all who want to can visit it. What does its display look like and what was it earlier?
The new premises of the Great Patriotic War museum look like a semi-ring located near the hill of the obelisk Minsk – Hero City. The museum and the obelisk make up the Square of Heroes. The museum premises comprise four buildings for four years of the war. The central facade of the building is designed to look like celebratory gunfire on the day of the victory. The rays of the fireworks highlight ten major events of the war starting with the defense of the Brest Fortress and ending with the Victory banner on top of the Reichstag.
The new premises offer 4,200m2 of space for exhibits or 1,000m2 more than the old premises. With that much space the museum has been able to increase the number of exhibits on display by 50%. The museum’s collection covers the time period from 1920 through 1950. The new exposition focuses on Belarus’ history during World War Two and the Great Patriotic War, the contribution of the Belarusian nation to the victory and to the fight against Nazism in Belarusian lands and far abroad.
The photo below shows the project of famous Hall of the People (Volkshalle). The 290-metre building was to have been erected near Reichstag in Nazi Germany. It was designed by Albert Speer, the model being the Roman Pantheon. But the project was never implemented.
The new Museum inside and out.