The statue was built to memorialize the Battle of Stalingrad between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany in between the years 1942-1943. The statue was completely built in 1967 and considered the world’s tallest structure with a total height of 85 meters. The statue measures 52 meters high and the sword in the statues hand measures about 33 meters. It is located atop Mamayev Kurgan, in Volgograd, Russia, 50 miles from the Volga River.
There are 200 steps leading to the statue to commemorate the battle of Stalingrad. 7,900 tons of concrete was used to complete this colossal monument. The statue’s design is based on the statue of “The Winged Victory of Samothrace” found at the Louvre. Valentina Izotova, a local girl posed for the statue. The statue was built in the place where 300 German soldiers had been killed in the battle.
The Motherland Statue can also be seen in the Volgograd Oblast coat of arms. The statue is leaning down as the underground water levels are causing a severe damage to its foundations.