Over the course of the last hundred years, Volgograd has often been a prominent figure on the Russian and global stage. Many events have left their mark on the city in monuments, places and traditions. Over the last century the city has changed its name three times: at the beginning of the twentieth century it was called Tsaritsyn and it was a backwater place on the banks of the Volga River. Then it became Stalingrad - the fortress that played a pivotal role in World War II, and later was renamed Volgograd, having become in the process a sunny and hospitable city whose residents love fishing, football, boat rides and beaches.
Volgograd 2018 | The Alley of HeroesThe Alley of Heroes runs from the Square of Fallen Fighters down to the VolgaThe Alley of Heroes runs from the Square of Fallen Fighters down to the Volga
The Alley of Heroes
The Alley of Heroes runs from the Square of Fallen Fighters down to the Volga. It features a stone monument on which are inscribed the names of the 127 Heroes of the Soviet Union who gained the title while defending Stalingrad. The architecture of the residential buildings lining the Alley of Heroes is a continuation of the style evident on the Square of Fallen Heroes: the seven-storey buildings are split into three parts with horizontal lines. The lower sections are solid, rusticated walls with large embrasures. Above them are three floors of smooth walls with symmetrical windows and balconies, before the final sections with their rows of wall piers. This makes the buildings look as if their facades are decorated with victory flags. The architects envisioned the Alley of Heroes as the grand entrance to the city from the Volga River for the many visitors who arrive by boat.