kami

Can't live without travels! Wherever she goes she always looks for alternative spots or street art. A huge fan of Central Europe and off the beaten path places and a living proof that you can balance full time job and extensive travel!

Mother(s) of post-soviet countries

11 Flares Twitter 11 Facebook 0 Google+ 0 Pin It Share 0 StumbleUpon 0 11 Flares ×

If you happen to be in one of the post-Soviet countries most likely, among other typical examples of architecture from Soviet times, you’ll be able to see a statue of Mother … (here you just insert the name of the country you’re in). They’re usually located on the hill above the city so everyone can see them and they can look at the whole country that need to be taken care of. I stumple upon three mothers in the past year during my travels and each time I was really impressed and surprised how huge they are (they don’t look that big from far away!).

Mother Georgia, Tbilisi

My first encounter with the statue of mother was in Tbilisi, Georgia. I was in marshrutka on my way from the airport, trying to process what I see around, a totally different landscape from what I’ve seen before,  faces of people heading to work (even if it was Sunday morning), the chaotic streets of the suburbs. And suddenly, on my left, the breathtaking view emerged in front of me! We were getting close to the center and there, on the hill above the city I could see the ruins of the beautiful Narikala fortress – and just next to it the statue of the woman, holding a bowl of wine and a sword. Back then I didn’t know who was she but I was so impressed that this statue was the first thing I’ve checked in my guidebook once I got off from marshrutka. And so I learnt that it’s Kartlis Deda known also as Mother Georgia. The statue was built in 1958 on the hills of Sololaki districkt and soon became one of the most famous landmarks of Tbilisi. It’s not actually that huge, only 20 meters tall, but surely is impressive. It’s dressed in Georgian national dress and the bowl o wine is her gift to the friends who come (well thank you:)) but  the sword is to protect the country from the enemies. I don’t know what about the enemies but Georgians really greet everyone with their delicious wine or even more often with chacha, a homemade Georgian vodka, one of a kind!

Mother Georgia
Mother Georgia
Mother Georgia
Mother Georgia
Mother Georgia

Mother Ukraine, Kiev

Then, before my weekend away in Kiev, Ukraine I did my homework and researched top places to see in Kiev in such a short time (as 2.5 days is definitely not enough for such an amazing city as Kiev). With all the love to the gold domed monasteries on the very top of the highlights for me there was the Museum of the Great Patriotic War with their Mother Motherland statue. The place seemed to be so surreal that I just had to be there! I must admit I have a thing for soviet monuments (that probably comes from having picture with a Lenin statue back when I was 4 years old and it still standed proudly in the very center of every town and city) and whenever I’m in a place that still has some soviet sights left I get over excited. But back to Kiev! Again, when we were on the way from the airport and approaching the Dnieper River the Mother Motherland appeared! And oh boy, she was one huge lady! Imagine, just the sword itself that she’s holding has 16 meters! I managed to visit the Museum of the Great Patriotic War on my second day in Kiev, after spending half of the day on Lavra Pecherska surrounded by golden domes, monks (dead and alive) and the saint atmosphere. When I climed the hill to the Museum it was like a transfer in time, to a completely different era. The Soviet war songs were played pretty loudly, children were jumping on the old tanks, there was the tunnel with sculptures of fighting people and above it all the Mother Motherland was dominating! She’s a fairly young mother, built only in 1981, but definitely the tallest one from all I’ve seen, with the overall height of 102 meters. Apparently you can get to the head of the sculpture that serves as the viewpoint but I was there too late and it was already closed. But I still loved the place, I could have spent there the whole day, just staring at the crazy sculptures (with all their details), walking around the old tanks, listening to the old war songs and admiring the Mother Motherland. If there was just one word to describe this place it would be splendor!

Mother Ukraine
Mother Ukraine
Mother Ukraine
Mother Ukraine
Mother Ukraine
Mother Ukraine

Mother Armenia, Yerevan

My newest visit to the Mother statue was in Yerevan, Armenia which was my last trip, less than 2 months ago. It’s located high above the city and just getting there might be a problem as you have to climb the Cascades (fortunately there’s the escalator that take you pretty high up), then pass some constructions, underground dark tunnel and finally you’re in the Haghtanak Park that is also a home to a soviet looking amusment park. The Mother Armenia statue is located at the very end of the park so on the way there you’ll feel like back in the ’80s with all the carousels around. The monument, with its 51 meters, is also a home of the Military Museum. This sculpture is the oldest one, built in 1950, and the last friendly from all three I’ve seen. It holds a really huge sword and has a pretty aggresive look on her face, you can see after all the troubles the past made for them Armenians are ready to fight for their country. It was also my last favourite of all the sculptures, it was the hardest to get there but overall it was worth it as the view from the park is really amazing, you can see the whole city of Yerevan spreading in front of you.

Mother Armenia
Mother Armenia
Mother Armenia
It’s no surprise now I’m really east focused in my travels but I’m even more motivated to go there to see some more of these magnificent statues!


Are you planning a trip to former USSR countries? Do you like that region as much as I do? I’ve created a Facebook group where you can look for advise or inspiration and share your travel stories and pictures from former USSR countries and beyond. Join now!


Want to read more? Here you can find my articles from Georgia, Ukraine and Armenia! If you’re looking for articles about any place in particular this map with posts might be useful for you. Or just take a look at the „destinations” page.


LIKED IT? PIN THIS POST!

mothers pin (1)       mothers pin (2)


love, kami 2

If you enjoyed that post why don't you share it with your friends? That would mean so much to me! Also be sure to join 17.000+ fellow travelers and follow me on Facebook, Twitter, G+ or Instagram for travel updates and even more pictures! If you don't want to miss any news from me sign up to my monthly newsletter!

11 Flares Twitter 11 Facebook 0 Google+ 0 Pin It Share 0 StumbleUpon 0 11 Flares ×
3 Wrz '12

Related Posts

There are 10 Comments.

  1. Would love to see more of these statues. As you know, I've only seen the one in Kyiv.

  2. This is an awesome idea for a post! I saw Lavra & Mother Ukraine from the bus to Kiev centre – it did look pretty amazing. And as usual, your pictures are stunning!

    • thanks :) the one in Kiev is really huge!!! and the whole place is so surreal, you'd love it there!

  3. These are all soviet statues (and pretty impressive, too), but the first one could easily belong to some fantasy movie ;)

  4. I haven't heard about the mother statues. It's crazy how large they are, especially Kiev!

    • apparently they're pretty popular in post-Soviet countries. The one in Kiev is insanely huge, you can see it from far away as it dominates the neighbourhood!

  5. minas
    22:55 23/03/2016

    Ok… So I read one more of your posts… Gotta correct one thing… You mentioned in the post that Chacha is a kind of like vodka=… But, in reality it’s more similar to Italian Grappa: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grappa than to vodka :/ just tastier than the Italian one…

    • kami
      11:32 13/04/2016

      you’re right, thanks! I don’t think I’ve ever tried grappa (even if I know the name) so that could have caused my confusion. thank you!

Leave a Reply

*

CommentLuv badge