National Monument to the dead of World War II

Honouring the Brave Soldiers of World War II

National Monument to the dead of World War II
National Monument to the dead of World War II cc licensed photo by Fernando Dall'Acqua

The monument stands as a commemoration to the Brazilian soldiers who participated in and to those who lost their lives during the Second World War (WWII). The National Monument to the Dead of World War II, which in Portuguese is Monumento Nacional aos Mortos da Segunda Guerra Mundial, is located in Flamengo Park in the Flamengo district on Guanabara Bay, near the modern art museum.

The monument was designed by Konder Netto and Helio Ribas Marinho, the winners of a competition which was run to choose the design of the monment. The sculpture is an abstract and is a vertical feature which stands at 31 metres tall. The top of the two vertical structures has a type of concave rectangular table on top. At first glance some feel that the structure looks like some type of massive ancient torch, not much information can be found about the symbolism of the design.

The monument, however is not just this one sculpture, there are other pieces which make up the complete monument. The other works include:

  • A metal abstract sculpture designed and built by Julio Catelli Filhoto to honour those who made up the Brazilian Air Force.
  • A granite statue which honours the personal of Brazil's sea, land and air forces which was designed by Alfredo Ceschiatti.
  • A tiled mosaic wall mural designed by Anisio Medeiros in honour of the Navy and Merchant Marines who lost their lives at sea.

There is a mausoleum on the site which holds the remains of 467 service men of the Brazilian Expeditionary Force who died in action in Italy during the war. Their bodies were buried at the Brazilian Military Cemetery of Pistoia in Tuscany before being brought back home in 1960, the same year the monument was completed.

For those of you who do not speak Portuguese, you will be happy to know that there is text in English which describes the monuments and the participation of Brazil in the World War II.

This monument is worth taking a trip to see. Reading about the men and women who bravely sacrificed their lives in the war will likely instil a deep sense of appreciation for the price they paid for the freedom we enjoy today.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Address: Avenida Infante Dom Henrique, 75 - Glória - Glória, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20021-140, Brazil

Phone: (21) 2240-1283

Official Website: National Monument to the dead of World War II


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How to get to National Monument to the dead of World War II by Metro

Exit at Gloria Station and walk south along the east along Rua do Russel to Av Beira Mar. Cross the road and take steps up to the pedestrian overpass; cross over the road and take the second pedestrian overpass to your right across the next road. Make your way north through the park to the monument.

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Rated 4.6 out of 5Monumento Nacional aos Mortos da Segunda Guerra Mundial Star Rating

5 Star Rating Ok

dos santos Fernandes - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating To all my fellow runners out there, there is a good cycling track behind the monument, that goes all the way down to the beaches on south. Worth giving a try on weekend mornings.

Gabriel Mello de Souza - 1 year ago

5 Star Rating If you like history and you respect the soldiers this holly site is a must.

Professor Maguilla Jiu Jitsu Academy - 1 year ago

5 Star Rating A tiny but important museum on the participation of Brazil in the WWII. A place to reflect and to take awesome pictures.

Barracada Selma - 1 year ago

3 Star Rating It gives you a nice view of Guanabara Bay. However, the monument contains little information about Brazilian participation in WWII. You can walk to here from the modern museum of art close by (it takes few minutes).

Daniel Gandra - 1 year ago


This video is in Portuguese, but does give you a good video tour of the Tribute to Pracinhas

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