The main destination
The central object of the memorial is a grandiose 25-meter figure of a Soviet soldier, turning into a flock of cranes soaring into the sky. The birds symbolize the participants in the battles for Rzhev who died in battle in 1942–1943. There were hundreds of thousands of them. An alley with granite walls leads to the monument, on which the names of fallen soldiers are imprinted. There is also a small museum in the complex.
More to see
A couple of kilometers from the bus station, on the banks of the Volga, is the Ascension Cathedral – the main temple of the city. After examining it, take a walk along the road – there is no well-maintained embankment near Rzhev, but in some places you can go to the water and admire the picturesque landscapes. If your legs don't get tired, go further along the river to the Museum of Local Lore, located in a small merchant's mansion. Its main exhibit is an impressive diorama dedicated to the battles for Rzhev. Cross the Old Bridge to the other bank of the Volga, to the very center of the city. There are Granitsky Park with the Alley of Heroes, Victory Park and Sovetskaya Square.
Where to eat
After such a long walk, it's time to have lunch – nearby there is a Georgian restaurant Satsivi, Dodo Pizza and a couple of small cafes. On the way back to the Rzhev-Baltiysky platform, go through the Podpolshchikov park and the City Garden to the street. Kalinin. There you will see the Old Believer Church of the Intercession of the early 20th century, a beautiful red brick building built in the Russian style.
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If there is time
At the exit from the city along the Ostashkovskoye Highway, there are the Krasnoarmeyskoye Memorial and German Military Cemeteries. This is a large-scale complex, where symbolic sculptures stand among the graves of soldiers, and monumental slabs with countless names of the dead lined up along the alleys. Buses No. 1, 7, 13 go there. ci/14/ci14cqr1l08cksoko8gcw0wwg.jpg” media=”(max-width: 549px)”>