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Monument to the People's Heroes

Monument to
the People's Heroes
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Monument to the People's Heroes, Beijing, from southwest.jpg
Monument from southwest, 2014
Coordinates view on map
Location Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China
Designer Liang Sicheng, Lin Huiyin
Type Cenotaph
Material Marble, granite
Height 38 metres (125 ft)
Beginning date August 1952
Completion date May 1958
Dedicated to Veterans of Chinese wars 1842–1949

The Monument to the People's Heroes (Chinese: ?; pinyin: Rénmín Yingxióng Jìniànbei) is a ten-story obelisk that was erected as a national monument of the People's Republic of China to the martyrs of revolutionary struggle during the 19th and 20th centuries. It is located in the southern part of Tiananmen Square in Beijing, to the north of Mausoleum of Mao Zedong. The monument was built in accordance with a resolution of the First Plenary Session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference adopted on November 30, 1949, with construction lasting from August 1952 to May 1958. The architect of the monument was Liang Sicheng, with some elements designed by his wife, Lin Huiyin. The civil engineer, Chen Zhide () was also instrumental in realising the final product.

The monument has also served as the centre of large-scale mourning activities that later developed into protest and unrest, such as the deaths of Premier Zhou Enlai (which developed into the Tiananmen Square protests of 1976) and Hu Yaobang (which developed into the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989).

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