Tombs of prisoners of war and partisans dead in Belgium during the Second World War

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Liège, Cointe

The main memorial monument of the allied forces that liberated Europe in World War I is located in Liege (Cointe area). The construction of the complex began in 1928 with the funds raised by the citizens. In 1936 the Sacré-Cœur Basilica was consecrated and on July 20, 1937 the king of Belgium Leopold III unveiled the monument. During World War II it was destroyed, but in 1962 the Belgian government decided to restore it. On November 20, 1968, by the 50th anniversary of the end of World War I, the Belgian king Baudouin I unveiled the new memorial complex.

8 countries of the Triple Entente gave Liège their monuments, which were erected here.
Two of them, French and Romanian, are located in the tower, the entrance to which opens only three times a year. British, Italian, Polish and Greek ones are located in niches in the corners of the composition.

In the center is a Russian monument erected in 2001 by sculptors Aleksandr and Igor Burganov. The pedestal has an inscription in Russian and French: “To Russian and Soviet soldiers who fell during World War I and World War II.”

 

      In 2017, restoration works were carried out for the project of the BFRO and the non-profit organization Meridian. The initiative was supported by the local authorities and the Russian Embassy in Belgium. The restored monument was unveiled and consecrated on February 23, 2018. The ceremony was attended by the Governor of the province of Liege E. Jamar, Archbishop of Brussels and Belgium Simon, representatives of public organizations, and diplomats of the Embassy.  

 

                                                              

Annual memorial ceremonies

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Dear visitors,

We would like to draw your attention to the fact that spelling of the names, surnames and places of birth of Soviet citizens buried in Belgium may be distorted due to the fact that they are quite often written only in Flemish and French in registration books and on monuments.

We thank the Brussels-Belgian Archdiocese of the Russian Orthodox Church, the organizations of Russian compatriots and Russian foreign institutions accredited in Belgium for providing photos and their efforts to preserve the memory of the heroism of the Soviet soldiers who fell in the Great Patriotic War.

The Embassy will be grateful for providing any information and photos of Soviet military graves of the Second World War in Belgium and the ceremonies held on them. Please send material to the email address of the Embassy amrusbel@skynet.be with the note «War Graves».