[Tagging] How to recognize memorial from monument?

Joachim noreply at freedom-x.de
Sat Jul 11 11:20:26 UTC 2015

The size: If you can walk in it's a monument. There might be cases
where there is clearly enough space for many people but no provisions
have been made. Here I would compare to other monuments in

2015-07-11 13:03 GMT+02:00 Daniel Koć <daniel at koć.pl>:
> Simple question, hard problem: how to recognize (1) memorial from (2)
> monument?
> Definitions on Wiki are not clear and I think they need some love to make
> them easier to use in practice:
> 1) A feature for tagging smaller memorials, usually remembering special
> persons, peoples lost their lives in the wars.
> Memorials can be often found at public greens or cemeteries.
> 2) A memorial object, especially large (one can go inside, walk on or
> through it) and made of stone, built to remember, show respect to a person
> or group of people or to commemorate an event.
> Monuments are often built in homage to past or present political / military
> leaders or religious figures / deities.
> So what is a deciding factor here:
> a) size (all examples of monuments are 15+ m),
> b) wartime/all other (however military leaders are sometimes also
> causalities of war),
> c) unknown and real people / widely known and legendary
> d) being the landmark (statue in park is typically much less important and
> visible than the same statue in the middle of a square)
> or maybe it's just purely subjective choice?
> It is important for me, because in Warsaw we have a lot of such places and I
> like to have some uniformity in tagging across the whole city.
> BTW: memorial can be war_memorial, but it can also be in the form of statue,
> stone or any other type at the the same type, so it seems the form and
> function are unfortunately mixed here.
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