|historic = memorial|
|Small memorials, usually remembering special persons, people who lost their lives in the wars, past events or missing places.|
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A feature for tagging smaller, usually remembering special persons, peoples lost their lives in the wars, past events or missing places.
Memorials can be often found at public greens, cemeteries, town squares and on walls inside or outside buildings.
How to map
Tags to use in combination
- name=* - the name of the memorial
- memorial=* the type of memorial
- memorial=war_memorial - war memorial
- memorial=plaque -
- memorial=blue_plaque - mainly in UK. See
- memorial=statue - statue (personage/animal)
- memorial=bust - bust
- memorial=sculpture - non figurative sculpture
- memorial=stele -
- memorial=obelisk - obelisk - Small ones only for others see historic=monument for large ones and man_made=obelisk for all kind of obelisks (by shape, also additionally)
- memorial=stone - block of stone used as support.
- memorial=stolperstein - - 15% of all stolpersteine tags
- memorial=cross - memorial cross - Do not confuse with historic=wayside_cross and man_made=cross
- memorial=ghost_bike - a white bicycle to remember cyclists who died in traffic accidents.
- memorial:conflict=* - name of the conflict to which the memorial refers (First World War = WW1, Second World War = WW2, ...)
- height=* - height
- material=* - building material
- historic:civilization=* – for the civilization that created the feature.
- artist_name=* - artist name
- architect=* - architect name - The memorials are not always only the work of artists, architects may have participated. This is often the case with statue pedestals.
- start_date=* - inauguration date
- inscription=* – the text of an inscription that may be found on the memorial.
- inscription:url=* - where the inscription can be found on an external website, e.g. Wikisource.
- wikidata=* - the ID of the specific Wikidata item about the memorial (if any).
- subject:wikidata=* - the ID of the Wikidata item about the person, group, or event, commemorated.
- wikipedia=* - the to the specific Wikipedia article about the memorial (if any).
- subject:wikipedia=* - the link to Wikipedia's article about the topic of the feature.
About Wikipedia : It may be more useful to store only certain data on Wikidata. One may follow the Wikidata link and use the feature properties to access more data.
Memorial vs Monument
Not to be confused with a historic=monument. A monument is a memorial object, which is especially large or high enough, (one can go inside, walk on or through it) built to remember, show respect to a person or group of people or to commemorate an event.
Some small structures are called "xxx monument" but should be tagged as historic=memorial. Conversely, some big structures are called "xxx memorial" but should be tagged as historic=monument. The choice of tags in OpenStreetMap should be based on how monumental the feature is.
Main types of memorials.
- historic=monument - A memorial object, which is especially large, built to remember, show respect to a person or group of people or to commemorate an event
- tourism=artwork + artwork_type=statue - Figurative sculpture of people, animals or gods in a durable material
- Stolpersteine (small Holocaust memorials in Germany and other European countries)
- memorial:type=de:mordwange will be use. Look even suehnekreuz.de are a special type of memorials - there is no special English word for this so
- 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.
- HistOSM - An atlas of historic sites based on OSM, out of the University of Heidelberg