Second World War Memorial in Volgograd
On the year of the 60th anniversary of the World War II armistice, the city of Volgograd (Russia) has restored one of its most important memorials to the fallen in this great military conflict.
We are talking about the Mamáyev Kurgán (Мамáев Кургáн, in Russian) a large commemorative monument located on the homonymous hill, where the legendary battle of Stalingrad was fought between August 1942 and February 1943. The memorial commemorates the Soviet victory in this famous battle, the bloodiest of the Second World War, which took the lives of over three million people, both military and civilians.
The outcome of the battle of Stalingrad turned the tide of the war events and was crucial to ensure Ally victory in 1945. This memorial was built between 1959 and 1967 and crowned with the large allegorical statue of “Mother Homeland”. With a height of over 105 metres, it is the largest non-religious statue in the world.
The complex includes a large museum dedicated to this famous battle, renovated this year following the designs by architect E. Vuchetich. His team chose URSA XPS to insulate the building’s roofing, where 10 cm thick boards of the company’s renowned product have been installed.
In a city with such an extreme climate, this material presents many advantages towards building thermal insulation. Zero water absorption, high resistance to compression, outstanding durability, stability and resistance to fire all add to its excellent insulating properties.
Mamáyev Kurgán is one of Volgograd’s top tourist attractions and receives close to two million visitors each year.
Location: Volgograd (Russia)
Close to 1,000 square metres of 100 mm thick URSA XPS have been installed to insulate the memorial’s roofing.