The Freedom Monument

Riga, Latvia

The Freedom Monument if a symbol of independent Latvia. From the moment Latvia acquires its independence a search for a suitable artistic solution started and donations were gathered. The monument was built in 1931-35, its author was a well-known latvian architect Karlis Zale. The statue of Liberty (sculpturer R. Mirsmeden) holds three stars - the symbols of historical areas in Latvia: Kurzeme, Vidzeme, Latgale.

The pedestal is surrounded by sculptural compositions "Buards of Fatherland", "Mother Latvia", "Labour and Family" and others. The monument is turned to the West - the Liberty sculpture looks that way, proud sculptures of other compositions look the same way. Figures in chains, bent in a bow look the other way - to the East.

It is interesting to know that the symbol of independence of Latvia managed to survive the soviet times. According to the legend, Stalin planned to blow it up after the war but Vera Muhina, who was born in Riga and was a student of K. Zale, stood up for it. The monument, that was of a great artistic value, was not destroyed, but was indeed forgotten. Lenin's monument on the other side of the boulevard was built standing with its back to "Freedom" and its face to the East.

Naturally, during the "Perestroika" time, the Freedom Monument was the main place of meetings and piquets. In 1994 it was the place where Bill klinton supported the independent Baltic on behalf of America. The monument is also populr for the well-known maches of the vererans of the Latvian legion of SS in the 90s, that ended with laying flowers at the pedestal. These marches were banned by authorities for different reasons.

In 2001 the monument was reconstructed. It now has a guard of honour, festivities take place here.

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Brīvības iela, Riga, Latvia
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Founded: 1931-1935
Category: Statues in Latvia
Historical period: The Independent Republic (Latvia)

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alejandro albas bravo (43 days ago)
Charming site Representing the 3 key regions on Latvia. And the women holding them on independence.
I. T. (51 days ago)
A historic landmark of the city. It withstood wars, and carries a rich history of events that occured around it. Highly recommending to visit the Museum of Occupation of Latvia nearby, where a gallery on the ground floor dedicated to this monument explains all the figures on it in great detail.
Nikoloz Kapanadze (54 days ago)
Beautiful monument with historical significance. It is also surrounded by beautiful parks that you should definitely check out!
Jaden Schmidt (3 months ago)
Beautiful monument with a nicely landscaped park next to it. It is very well located, you have the whole city center in the immediate vicinity.
suraiya iqbal (4 months ago)
good place to hangout. a park and a lake is nearby. well maintained.
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