Sunday, August 24, 2014

Marasest Mausoleum

We rarely hear about the battles of World War I in the east.  We know all about the Somme and the Marne; we don't know about what happened at Marasesti.  Marasesti is in central Romania.  It's in a large valley with mountains to the west and north.  In 1916 and 1917, it was a major battle area.  This mausoleum was built in 1920 to bury and honor the dead.  It's a beautiful place and right on the highway to Bucharest.  If you drive past, do stop.  We were not looking for it, but turned around and stopped anyway once we saw it.

There are dozens of plaques with lists of the Romanian and Russian dead.  There's a cenotaph for the Russian general who died defending Marasesti.  And there's a beautiful chapel.  The mausoleum is two stories tall and is very Edwardian in nature.

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