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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Ainars Dominiks (5 months ago)
this is our history. Every time I am passing Freedom monument I understand that I have born in most amazing country. Dievs, svētī Latviju. Gods kalpot Latvijai.
Xahed Ale (5 months ago)
Just 1 min walk from the Riga Garden, this 42m high monument stands tall in this vast square in the memory of all Latvians who lost their lives between 1918 to 1920. Wonderful Ambiance and historic feel when you are around this majestic Tower.
Nur Muhammad (6 months ago)
Like other European big cities Riga (capital of Latvia) also has a wonderful symbol of freedom in the center of the city. Really nice monument, it’s open for everyone and free of charge. McDonald’s outlet is very near to this.
Niirt Kiul (8 months ago)
Beautiful square with a beautiful monument. It is good, that the square is so spacious and not fully built and stuffed place. Very nice that it is surrounded by parks and even those are still there (and not yet full of buildings and other things for capitalists).
Vadim Voronoff (10 months ago)
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