There are hundreds different ways of celebrating the memory of the deceased: from burying the diseased in a cemetery, scattering cremated ashes onto a notable garden or lake, or even perform the Hindus religious traditions. However the memorials are one of the exhilarating and memorable way to honor the one’s remarkable actions, the collective influential actions of many, or representing the religious traditions or important events. There are thousand hundred different monument backstories that vary in the design, structure and meaning. Here are some spectacular monuments around the world:
Taj Mahal – City of Agra, India
One of the most remarkable mausoleum, built by the Emperor Shah Jahan, is the well-known Taj Mahal. The legend behind the construction recounts of one of the greatest sculptures love ever built. Emperor Shah Jahan decided to perpetuate the memory as erected a home for the tomb of his beloved second wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in childbirth in the year of 1631. The monument is the finest example of composing of Islamic and Hindu architectural elements transforming itself into a marvelous memorial. The Taj Mahal has been recognized world-wide by the outstanding beauty and architectural merit, and is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1982.
Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile – Paris, France
Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile is one of Paris most symbolic memorials, located in the heart of the capital, standing at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. The Arch honors the memory and the effort of those who fought and died for independence in the Napoleonic Wars. Designed by Jean Chalgrin in 1806, on the inside of the tomb are inscribed the names of the generals and at the base of the monument is located the Tomb of the Unknown solders, symbolizing the memory of the soldiers who lost their lives during the wars.
People’s Heroes Memorial – Beijing, China
The People’s Heroes Memorial is one of the largest monuments to reside in China, located on the southern side of the Tiananmen Square in Beijing. The obelisk is of great significance for the people of China because it commemorates the martyrs of revolutionary struggles during the 19th and 20th century.
Nelson’s Column – Trafalgar Square, London
Nelson’s Column monument, located in the center of the Trafalgar Square is a tremendous statue to erect for the admiration of the Horatio Nelson’s achievements. During the Napoleonic Wars, The British navy led by Admiral Horatio had to face the combined fleets of the French and Spanish Navies. Due to the spectacular victory of the Britain’s Admiral Nelson, the countries representatives erected the column to honor those who won the Battle of Trafalgar.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Washington, D.C., United States of America
One of the most controversial American commemorials is The Vietnam Veterans Memorial which is located in Washington, D.C. The impressive memorial represents a 247 -foot black granite wall with more than 58, 000 inscribed soldiers’ names. When building the monument part of the American society considered the walls insulting to those who lost their lives in the Vietnam War due to the fact that part of it is located underground.
The Motherland Calls- Volgograd, Russia
A vast breathtaking figure of a woman stepping forward with a raised sword and calling the Russian people to repulse any enemy, welcomes every visitor of Volgograd, Russia. With its 85 meters in height the Motherland Calls is considered as the largest statue of a woman all over the world. Although the beautiful sculpture has not received enough recognition, it honors the remarkable achievements of those who participated in the Battle of Stalingrad in WWII and prize their formidable victory.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Heroshima , Japan
Following the enormous destructions caused by the atomic bomb which was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan in 1945, one of the few building that survived the disastrous power of the bombshell was the Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. Today the ex-promotional hall is where the Hiroshima Peace Memorial is located. Part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982, the remains of the building is a sorrowful remainder the devastating forces of the WWII war.
Shoes on the Danube Bank
One of the most moving memorial would definitely be the Budapest’s Shoes on the Danube Bank, located at the Pest side and near the Hungarian parliament. Along on the edges of the Danube river, every Budapest’s visitor face a gloomy picture, dozens of iron shoes lines up along the river bank forming a unique monument. The shoes represent the unfortunate Hungarian victims of the Holocaust, who were ordered to take off their shoes and were shot at the edge of the water.