Inside the hall, the walls are faced with golden smalt. Arranged around the hall are 34 lowered banners of red smalt, on which are carved the names of over seven thousand - being only a small proportion - of those who died in the defence of Stalingrad. The sad, gentle music of Schumann's Reverie is played softly in the background.
In the centre of the hall a huge hand holds up a torch which carries the eternal flame. Around the top of the hall is the inscription: "We were mere mortals, and not many of us survived; but we did our sacred duty to our Motherland."
Above the centre of the hall there is an aperture in the ceiling decorated with a mosaic representation of a golden wreath intertwined with the red-and-green ribbon of the Defence of Stalingrad medal. Other military decorations adorn the walls of the hall.
A guard of honour stands by the eternal flame from 9 a.m. until 7 or 8 p.m. (depending on the time of year). The guards change every hour; and once a day (5 p.m. in winter, 6 p.m. in summer) all the guards parade in front of the Hall of Valour. This ceremony is accompanied by the sounds of a military orchestra.
The Hall of Valour is built in the form of a cylinder, and has a diameter of 40 metres and a height of 13,5 metres. The hall is partially sunk into the ground, and the section below ground-level is made from reinforced concrete; above ground-level the hall is built of brick. The aperture in the ceiling has a diameter of 11 metres. The floor of the hall of polished black granite. The torch and hand are made from white ornamental concrete mixed with marble chips.