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Soviet Graveyard

10.02 reviews
Sights and Museums
Ranked #72 in Tallinn things to do
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Tallinn, Estonia
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Nottingham, UK

The Soviet Graveyard in Tallinn is an unusual relic of the country's long Soviet history through the 20th century. When independence came to Estonia in the 1990s, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the people wondered what to do with the hundreds of communist-era statues that were still standing around the city. Most were torn down, as the citizens of Tallinn wanted to get on with enjoying their new found freedom, and many of the statues were deposited outside the city by the Estonian history museum. You can still visit and see enormous, towering statues of Lenin and other infamous communist leaders.

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Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, USA
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While you won’t see advertising for this “graveyard” anywhere, it’s located just behind the National Museum on Maarjamae Estate. During the Soviet occupation of Tallinn, all local monuments were taken down and replaced with Soviet statues. These statues have been haphazardly discarded in heaps and piles behind the museum. It’s such a unique sights, these forgotten relics, abandoned, yet not destroyed.

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