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Freedom Monument (Brivibas Piemineklis), Riga

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Look up to the top of Freedom Monument (Brivibas Piemineklis), 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. To visit Freedom Monument (Brivibas Piemineklis) and get the most from your holiday in Riga, create itinerary details personal to you using our Riga trip itinerary maker.
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  • Freedom monument, loud and beautiful in a beautiful area on a space next to a small park. The monument is guarded by two soldiers who goes a little marching back and forth. If you are in the area, it must then be seen. But staying in the Old Town/City Centre, it is mostly within walking distance and so one can hardly avoid it. Really nice area.
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  • Dominates the landscape by the Laima Clock and park. You won't miss it, the design is interesting and there's also a great gift shop (not related to the monument) nearby.  more »
  • We visited this as part of the free walking tour and was told some of the facts about the statues surrounding the base such as Bear Slayer and the three stars the Freedom is holding aloft. Really good...  more »
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  • The Heart of Latvia. The most significant monument of this country! It has survived the Soviet occupation and this is from where the freedom movement started. It has enormous emotional, historical and cultural significance for Latvia.
  • Guards are keeping this place as if you were in Buckingham. You can even assist a guard rolling ...but not any info the exact time. Statue will surprise you .
  • Awesome place. Must see. The memorial is in danger, lots of mold within the cracks. I Love the soldiers walk and presence, but they wear an M16; that weapon was not used in WW, even not invented when the memorial was built.
  • If you're in sightseeing, you should visit the occupation museum! Very nice monument.
  • You cannot visit Riga and miss this. The symbol of our freedom and history - and the lady on the backs of Latvian euro coins.