Tag:historic=monument

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Description
A memorial object, which is especially large (one can go inside, walk on or through it) or high enough (see the examples), built to remember, show respect to a person or group of people or to commemorate an event.
Rendering
Monument-16.svg
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Useful combination
Wikidata
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Status: In use

A memorial object, which is especially large (one can go inside, walk on or through it) or high enough (see the examples), built to remember, show respect to a person or group of people or to commemorate an event.
Wikipedia-16px.png Monuments are often built in homage to past or present political/military leaders or religious figures/deities.

Warning: this tag is commonly misused, please look at the warnings section!

How to map

Place a node Node at the centrepoint or draw a way Area around the outline of the building.

Tags to use in combination

  • name=* - the name of the monument
  • historic:civilization=* - the civilization (culture) that created the monument.
  • height=* - height.
  • material=* - building material.
  • architect=* - architect name.
  • start_date=* - inauguration date.
  • wikidata=* - the ID of the specific Wikidata item about the monument. (if any).
  • commemorates:wikidata=* - the ID of the Wikidata item about the person, group, or event, commemorated.
  • heritage=* - if the building is recognized as being of historic value by an authority.

Similar tags

  • historic=memorial - Much like a monument, but smaller. Might range from a WWII memorial to a simple plate on a wall.
  • man_made=obelisk - Tall, narrow, four-sided, tapering monument which usually ends in a pyramid-like shape at the top.

Warnings

  • If it commemorates something/somebody and one can't tell it's "monumental" in size then it shouldn't be tagged as a monument but as a memorial.
  • In many countries this tag is very disruptive because the words "historic" and "monument" are associated to designate a national heritage building. It's true for France, Morocco, Poland, Romania, Senegal, Spain and certainly other countries. This leads to errors : people use this tag to map heritage objects.
    You can check the inappropriate use of "historic=monument" with the tool "CheckTheMonuments" and correct the errors if you have the knowledge about the objects.

Examples

Size plays a major role in defining a monument in OpenStreetMap.
You'll find below some objects that are really "monuments" as described in OpenStreetMap.
The height is specified in meters.

Triumphal arches Buildings Columns Monuments