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 VisitFee: No
Open Now: NoHours 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
|Metro Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Line 1 - Orange or Line 2 - Green||Gloria||10 Minutes|
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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