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The Piskariovskoye Memorial Cemetery

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The sobering Piskariovskoye Cemetery is a poignant reminder of the scale of the tragedy the city lived through during the Second World War and (the 900-day Siege of Leningrad). For over 2 and a half years the Nazis kept Leningrad under siege, preventing any movement of people, food or armaments, but despite the horrors experienced by the city’s residents, Leningrad did not surrender. In St. Petersburg we take pride in the fact that during almost 300 years of the city's history enemy forces have never invaded it.

Hundreds of thousands of people died in the city (mostly of cold and starvation) during the siege. About half a million of them, including 420,000 civilians are buried in the cemetery's 186 mass graves.

Near the entrance there is an eternal flame, where everyone stops and gives a minute’s silence in mourning for all those lost during the siege and two pavilions, housing an exhibit of moving photographs and documents depicting the siege.

Location: Prospekt Nepokorionnykh.

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