The Leaning Tower of Russia

|  May 08, 2009 |

Well, she’s not actually a tower, she’s a statue.

The Motherland was completed in the 1960s, at the time the biggest statue in the world. It was 8,000 tons of concrete in the figure of a 300-foot woman commemorating the Russians’ defeat of Hitler’s Nazis at Stalingrad, the tide-turning battle of WWII. But it was never fixed to its base. It was so heavy its creators figured it would hold itself up. Now flooding has done some damage to the ground she stands on and she has leaned eight inches. Slightly less than one more inch and the expert opinion is she goes over.

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