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 (at least a dozen or so meters), built to remember, show respect to a person or group of people or to commemorate an event.
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A memorial object, which is especially large (one can go inside, walk on or through it) or high enough (at least a dozen or so meters), built to remember, show respect to a person or group of people or to commemorate an event. Wikipedia 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.
  • 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 one can't tell it's "monumental" in size then it shouldn't be tagged this way, see the similar tags section.
  • 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

Below some objects that are really "monuments" as described in OpenStreetMap. As the size is important the height is written (in meters).

Triumphal arches Buildings Columns Monuments