Alyosha is an 11m tall reinforced concrete statue of a Soviet soldier on Bunarjik Hill in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The statue tops a 6m pedestal lined with granite. The memorial commemorates Soviet casualties incurred during the Soviet occupation of Bulgaria in World War II. It was installed in 1954-57.Plan to see Alyosha Monument and other attractions that appeal to you using our Plovdiv driving holiday planner.
"Alyosha" is also the name of Konstantin Vanshenkin and Eduard Kolmanovski's song that was adopted as Plovdiv's official anthem until 1989. A well-known poem about the Plovdiv Soldier was written by Robert Rozhdestvensky.
Plovdiv authorities sought to have the statue removed on at least two occasions, in 1989 and 1996. The 1989 decision led to a preservation campaign which included a guard by the statue day and night in order to prevent it from being demolished.
Alyosha Skurlatov, a soldier of the 3rd Ukrainian Front who served as the model for this statue, died in 2013 at the age of 91.
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It is worth to climb the hill. The views of the city are amazing from the top. Essential visit in Plovdiv. more »
Often Alyosha is associated with WWII. However, it is co-located with the Alexander II, Russian Tsar often called Alexander the Liberator in Bulgaria, which, IMHO, is not a coincidence. History... more »
One of the most spectacular view points for Plovdiv. The approach through the parkland is lovely and generally not badly maintained. The final parts of the Google maps route is not correct, but don’t worry because the top is not hard to find - just keep going up! The statue is very impressive and when I was there in the early morning there was a dance exercise group - very relaxing to watch! There are toilets and a cafe in the park below the statue so you can stop and rest.
One of my favourite places in Plovdiv! No matter how busy it is, you can always find a quiet place in the forest, and the top offers spectacular views during both sunsets and sunrises. The hill is quite steep but there are both steep wild foothpaths (dirt or stone stairs) throughout the park, as well as a paved road that's a lot more gradual. So if you want to work up a sweat, pick any of the many trails, or if you want a leisurely stroll - take the road! :)
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