Freedom Monument
Freedom Monument
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Completed in 1935 to commemorate Latvian independence, this symbolic statue in Old Town shows the image of Liberty holding three stars in her outstretched hands, symbolizing unity of the country.
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  • ruthandvern
    Wilton, California15,442 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding symbol of the country's values
    Thhis 42.7 m tall granite & copper monument is a symbol of the Latvian nation's pursuit of freedom and independence. The motto "For the Fatherland and Freedom" is inscribed upon the base. It was unveiled on 18 Nov 1935 paid for by public donations. The monument symbolises the nation's work ethic, spiritual strength, and striving for independence, and of the nation's ideals and striving for freedom —
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 June 2023
  • Russ Lacuata
    Long Beach, California8,574 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Symbolic
    The Freedom Monument has been a symbol of Latvian nation for freedom and independence. During the Soviet occupation, any gathering at the Freedom Monument is strictly forbidden. After Latvia's independence was restored, the honor guard was again deployed at the foot of the monument.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 June 2023
  • ElaineAndGreg
    Chesterland, Ohio3,040 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A True Symbol of Freedom and Independence
    The Freedom Monument is at the very center of the best parts of Riga and it is an important part of Latvian history. You really can’t miss the monument if you are anywhere near it. On a nice day it is stunning. It is at the center of one of Riga’s many nice parks in a location that more or less separates the old town from the Art Nouveau sections. The monument is a tribute to Latvian independence and freedom. Somehow it escaped being destroyed during the long Soviet occupation, in part because the word “Latvia” appears nowhere on it and the locals apparently persuaded Soviet authorities that its message was also consistent with theirs. In the late 1980’s the citizens of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania joined hands to form a chain from Tallinn to Vilnius that went right by this monument (the carving at the base means “freedom”). We were there on June 14 when they noted the anniversary of Soviet deportations of city leaders in 1941, and they had an honor guide present. If you look from the monument opposite from the old town, there is a long line of trees that once led to a statue of Lenin, which is now long gone. If you are in Riga, you will almost certainly go by this monument several times. It’s a great symbol of the Latvians’ pride in their history and celebration of their hard-fought independence.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Adrian T
    Silchester, United Kingdom204 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Study at your leisure
    Built in 1935 to commemorate Latvian independence. Typical of the period. There is no traffic around the monument so you really study the carvings in peace. It's amazing how this wasn't torn down by the russians during their reign. Nicknamed "Milda" by the locals.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 1 August 2023
  • Ivar T
    145 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A monument giving a very special feeling
    Saturday, 11th November I visited the Freedom Monument in the evening. The 11th November is a special day in Latvia as they commemorate all there fallen as well living veterans as it was there independence day. In the evening people walk the streets carrying torches. These are often later used to lit candles in white or red (the national colours of Latvia). These candles are placed around the base of the Freedom Monument for us not to forget. Having many years of life in my rucksack I had to stop and remember. Remember family members, friends, buddies. All gone and several of them gone marked by war. Now we have a new war in Europe. A war no one asked for except the aggressor and their supporters. Let us not forget and let us support the fight against the aggressor.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 November 2023
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Adam Jones
Beijing, China58 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Decent monument in the old town of Riga. There isn’t much to see in the actually square (aside from the monument). However the old town in Riga has great sites and shops/restaurants
Written 30 November 2023
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Ivar T
145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Saturday, 11th November I visited the Freedom Monument in the evening. The 11th November is a special day in Latvia as they commemorate all there fallen as well living veterans as it was there independence day.
In the evening people walk the streets carrying torches. These are often later used to lit candles in white or red (the national colours of Latvia). These candles are placed around the base of the Freedom Monument for us not to forget.
Having many years of life in my rucksack I had to stop and remember. Remember family members, friends, buddies. All gone and several of them gone marked by war.
Now we have a new war in Europe. A war no one asked for except the aggressor and their supporters. Let us not forget and let us support the fight against the aggressor.
Written 14 November 2023
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel39,614 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This is an imposing and powerful monument, commemorating Latvia's independence.
A couple of soldiers marching next to it add a dramatic atmosphere to this already impressive monument.
Written 1 November 2023
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Whinbrook
Greater London, UK487 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Impressive monument with a stirring history and symbolism for the Latvian nation. Imagine what went on here over the decades of occupation.
Written 24 September 2023
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chrissieb94
Dorset, UK2,098 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
The monument was erected in 1935 in tribute to Latvian soldiers killed in the War of Independence 1918-1920. It is an important symbol of freedom and independence. The monument is found on Brivibas bulvaris or Freedom Boulevard. Today it is a pedestrianised plaza and includes a bridge over the canal. It is very central, on the edge of a park. It is a very impressive monument of national pride.
Written 3 September 2023
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Jerrold L
Toronto, Canada58 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
The Freedom Monument is worth a stop when walking through Riga. Part of Riga history. A good place to take photos.
Written 20 August 2023
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JXXXR
United Kingdom4,898 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
The Freedom Monument is a large structure located just outside of the old town. It's very easy and quick to visit so it's well worth stopping there if you are in Riga, however it's by no means a must visit.
Written 5 August 2023
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dbinhou7511
Houston, TX1,657 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
An excellent monument with lots of symbolism all around. Really understand how this is very important to Latvia after ending German occupation in 1918 and later Soviet occupation. It has a double meaning.
Written 2 August 2023
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Adrian T
Silchester, UK204 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Built in 1935 to commemorate Latvian independence. Typical of the period. There is no traffic around the monument so you really study the carvings in peace. It's amazing how this wasn't torn down by the russians during their reign. Nicknamed "Milda" by the locals.
Written 1 August 2023
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Merrowmum
Guildford, UK1,325 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
This 1935 structure is very attractive and quite typical of 1930s style. It was very clever how the Latvians managed to keep it standing by redefining its symbolism to suit the communists’ ideology (and lucky that the minister of culture at the time was herself a sculptor).
Written 30 July 2023
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