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
Official Website: Monumento Nacional dos Mortos da Segunda Guerra MundialHours 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) 2519-4609
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Stunning memorial to the war heroes of the Brazilian Armed forces. This monument stands out from the low elevation of the surrounding beach water line and towers multiple stories high with armed guards surrounding it creating a presence that can only be captured when visiting person. It's conveniently located near Flamengo beach and along the "Walk Rio" pathway connecting the city center to areas along the water such as Copacabana.
Victor Wang - 4 years ago
Free to visit with air conditioning and cold water. Impressive monument that seems to be guarded by the Brazilian army forces as a symbolic gesture. I was the only one visiting on a Sunday afternoon.
Simon G - 4 years ago
Excellent. One of the better places in Rio, very informative as well.
Andrew Hartsock - 2 years ago
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 - 6 years ago
Large monument with a small but worthwhile exibition detailing Brazilian involvement in World War II
Oscar Zijlstra - 5 years ago
Accommodations near Monumento Nacional dos Mortos da Segunda Guerra Mundial:
|Metro Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Line 1 - Orange or Line 2 - Green||Gloria||10 Minutes|
How to get to Monumento Nacional dos Mortos da Segunda Guerra Mundial 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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