In 1974, the capital of Belarus was awarded the title Hero City and to perpetuate the title, rightly deserved by the city and all its inhabitants, the government decided to create a monumental complex with the symbolic name “Minsk – Hero City”. The whole complex, according to the plan, was to unite several buildings and the central one, the stele “Minsk – Hero City”.
The sculptor Zankovich Valentin became the creator of the 45-meter obelisk. He embodied the plan of the architects Evseev V., Kramarenko V. and Romanenko V. to create a laconic simple form, but at the same time evoking feelings of greatness and trembling. At the peak of the stele is placed the star of the hero city, framed by the laurel branch.
The stele itself rises on a man-made hill. At the foot of the obelisk there is a marble plaque with a decree on the appropriation of the Hero-City title Minsk and a woman embodying the image of the Motherland with fanfare in high-up hands. Just behind the stela, completing the monumental complex, stands the Belarusian Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War.
The foot of the stele is used for celebrations, grand parades of military equipment, meetings of veterans, fireworks on Victory Day. Stela in Minsk has become a traditional place of visiting all the newlyweds who come to the memorial complex to lay flowers, thus, thanks to the heroes who defended Minsk. Visiting the memorial complex, of course, go up to the stele “Minsk – Hero City”, as from the height on which the stele is installed, a beautiful panorama of the capital of Belarus opens.