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Tallinn, Estonia

Soviet Statue Graveyard

Relics from an era long gone, sit idle outside this Estonian museum.  

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Just outside Maarjamäe Palace in Tallinn, Estonia sits a collection of discarded Soviet statues. On display are Soviet figures such as Joseph Stalin and a giant head of Vladimir Lenin. Many were crafted between 1945 and 1990 by Estonian artists. Included among the statues is information on who they were, where the statue was displayed, and why they were removed. The park is a reminder of life in Estonia during Soviet occupation.

Know Before You Go

Maarjamäe Palace is a branch of the Estonian History Museum (Eesti Ajaloomuuseum), and is located next to the Pirita Promenade. The statues are in the garden behind the palace, which is accessible only when the museum is open. The museum charges admission, but the statues can be visited without buying a ticket.

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