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Monument to the Dead

Monument to the Dead (60)

The Monument to the Dead of World War II, known as "Monumento aos Pracinhas" (Veterans' Monument).

It pays tribute to the memory of 467 Brazilian soldiers killed in combat during World War II in Italy.

In 1960, their remains were transferred from Italy to Brazil and put in the mausoleum that was built in the underground monument.

It was designed by architects Marcos Konder Netto and Hélio Ribas Marinho, winners of a national competition for this purpose. It was inaugurated on 5 August 1960. The landscaping work was performed by Roberto Burle Marx. There is a nice tile panel that honours the civilian and military casualties at sea, a work by Anísio Medeiros.

The whole complex, where the monument is installed, covers an area of 6,850 m². The monumental portico consists of two 31-metre-high towers, with a 220-square-metre slab on top.  The 5-metre-high sculpture by Alfredo Ceschiatti is a tribute to the three armed forces, represented by a sailor, a soldier and a pilot.

Inside it, some of the objects used by soldiers in war operations, as well as the FEB's field diary in Europe, which reveal aspects of life and struggle at sea, are exposed. They can be visited by appointment from Tuesday to Sunday.

Every first Sunday from June to October, the changing of the guard ceremony is performed among the three armed forces: the Army, the Navy and the Air Force.

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