Memorial Complex, “Brest Hero Fortress”, Brest, Belarus: Jury justification


The entire site is a huge, major war memorial distinguished by architectural constructions, a powerful ensemble of fortifications and stunning concrete statues, commemorating thousands of lost lives and men’s bravery in fighting against wartime aggression and horrors, while defending their liberty, homeland, nation and national identity. The heroic deeds of World War 2 transformed this site into a unique monumental complex of the country’s strength and pride – a ‘sacred land of memory’. Its conservation is advocated holistically, retaining its cultural significance as a reliable witness to the past, fostering its safeguarding and supporting its sustainable use as the responsibility of current generations, and the privilege and right of future generations.