Note: We have tried to use the Ukrainian spelling (or rather,
transliteration) for the
names of people and places in Ukraine. Sometimes, however,
as with Kiev, the Russian version has become a kind of
standard and so we have used it instead.
War Memorial Park
Along one of the bluffs above the Dnieper River is a rather large
park dedicated to the military and in particular their victory
over the Nazis during World War II. The main feature of the park
is a giant soviet realist statue of a woman wielding a giant sword.
It represents, of course, the victorious
motherland and is called in fact Rodina Mat, Ukrainian for motherland.
As you can see from the photo, it is a very well-kept park, with
manicured lawns and wide avenues that are great for strolling along
in the summer sunshine.
Rodina Mat - Mother of the Nation
View of the Dnieper from the Park
View of Perchersky from the Park
Apart from the big statue, the main theme of the park was military
hardware. There were tanks, planes, and helicopters of various
vintages, some of them even American. This tank, for some reason,
was painted in rather garish colors. Others were in the usual military
drab. There was also a museum in the park, but we didn't visit it
for lack of both time and interest. The main attraction for us was
to see Kievans and get some great views of the river and its surroundings.