Architecture and Construction

The Canadian National Vimy Memorial was designed by Canadian sculptor and architect Walter Seymour Allward.

The monument took eleven years to build. It rests on a bed of 11,000 tonnes of concrete, reinforced with hundreds of tonnes of steel. The towering pylons and sculptured figures contain almost 6,000 tonnes of limestone brought to the site from an abandoned Roman quarry on the Adriatic Sea (in present day Croatia). The figures were carved where they now stand from huge blocks of this stone.

About the Memorial: A Nation Grieves

Design and Construction of the Vimy Monument

History as Monument: The Sculptures on the Vimy Memorial

Design Competition

Architect Walter Allward

Plaster Models

1936 Dedication