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Freedom Monument, Riga

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Look up to the top of Freedom Monument, a copper statue of Liberty, for the three stars held aloft on this high obelisk. The stars symbolize the three major regions of Latvia. Kārlis Zāle designed the 42 m (138 ft) high memorial as a tribute to soldiers killed during the Latvian War of Independence. The sculptures and the bas-reliefs at the foot of the obelisk represent heroes, heroines, and the common people. Notice an ancient warrior standing between two kneeling modern soldiers in the "guards of the fatherland." Catch the changing of the guard every hour. The monument makes a great benchmark for navigation in Riga. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Freedom Monument and many more Riga attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Riga travel route planner.
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  • A 15 to 20 minute visit to the monument. Key highlight was watching the guards march around as they were as still as statues for so long. 
    A 15 to 20 minute visit to the monument. Key highlight was watching the guards march around as they were as still as statues for so long.  more »
  • I loved all of the facets on the park and the canal area including this statue and it's importance to Latvia. 
    I loved all of the facets on the park and the canal area including this statue and it's importance to Latvia.  more »
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  • The Freedom monument honoring soldiers killed during the Latvian War of Independence (1918–1920). It is considered an important symbol of the freedom, independence, and sovereignty of Latvia. Nice touristic site with the garden of latvia close by as well as old buildings from before the war. Two soldiers are always present at attention in front of the monument with a swap every 30 minutes depending on the weather, it is such a beautiful scenery to be at during change 😊
  • What a magnificent monument to freedom! The people are proud of their heritage and proud of their freedom. It's gratifying and humbling to see such a public declaration of their commitment to freedom. Well done, Latvia. (Also the flowers in the gardens nearby have a heavenly scent when in bloom . . .)

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