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The Mausoleum of Mărăşeşti is a memorial site in Romania containing remains of 5,073 Romanian soldiers and officers killed in the First World War and dedicated to the commemoration of the Battle of Mărăşeşti and Romanian Army members who were killed during World War I.
The memorial took architects George Cristinel and Constantin Pomponiu 15 years to build and was unveiled on 18 September 1938 by King Carol II.

The Battle of Mărăşeşti, (August 6 to September 8, 1917) was a battle fought during World War I between Germany and Romania.

Before launching the attack, the battle was thought to be fought at Nămoloasa, and both sides were made up at that moment of a total of about 1 million soldiers. Field Marshall August von Mackensen launched an attack on August 6. The fighting lasted until September 8, when both sides ran out of fresh units. The German attempt to crush the last Romanian army led by General Eremia Grigorescu had failed, but the Romanians had not regained any more of their territory either. The motto of the Romanian Army during the battle was "Pe aici nu se trece" (English: "They shall not pass").
Romania lost over 27,000 men, including 610 officers, while Germany lost over 47,000 . Notably, the Romanian heroine Ecaterina Teodoroiu was killed at the end of this battle, on September 6, by machine-gun fire; two days later, Major General Kurt von Wenniger was killed by artillery near the village of Muncelu. [source:wikipedia]

Today, the Mausoleum is in the process of being renovated. It is still possible to visit it during these works.

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