The Victory Square (Ploschad Pobedy) in Pskov is relatively new — it was formed in 1959-1962 when the central part of the city was being rebuilt. Lying at the junction of Kuznetskaya, Sovetskaya and Jana Fabritsiusa streets, Victory Square got its name in 1965 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War (WWII).
In 2010, when Pskov was proclaimed the City of Military Glory, a memorial stele was erected right in the heart of the Square. Crowned with a gilded two-headed eagle, the coat of arms of Russia, it also bears the new emblem of Pskov.
Adjacent to the square, by the city wall, is another remarkable monument ¬— The Memorial Complex to the 30th anniversary of Pskov’s Liberation. The complex includes a tomb of the unknown soldier, an eternal flame and an impressive monument made of 15 authentic artillery weapons pointing up towards the sky.
The story of the unknown soldier is tragic and sad — he was killed in 1941 while he was covering his retreating comrades from the advancing Nazi forces. Although there are many similar war monuments around the country, this one is especially striking and is well worth visiting.