Rodina Mat - Motherland Statue
Not to be missed!! Awe inspiring piece of architecture that can be seen for miles around but absolutely stunning close up. An incredible sculpture more than 102 metres high, in fact higher than the statue of Liberty in America. It is known locally as the "Motherland Monument".
Rodina-Mat monument was created by a famous soviet sculpture called Evgeniy Vuchetich. It was inaugurated by Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev in 1981, the second and the last Nation's Mother monument to be erected in the former USSR.
Rodina Mat is part of the Great Patriotic war museum. The whole complex occupies a territory of 20 hectares. It also includes Great Patriotic war museum, located directly under the monument. Sometimes it is possible to take a lift up to the top of the monument but not always available. You will also find a collection of Russian and Ukrainian planes, tanks and military hardware on show. Advise to allocate a whole day to see this together with the Pechersk Lavra and Holodomor Museum as they are all in the same area.
It is possible to take a trip up inside the statue. Not easy but rewarding, a combination of going up in elevators, ladders and finally squeezing in through a narrow hatch which would be difficult for overweight people. When you get inside the shield you will have a fantastic panoramic view of Kiev (Kyiv).