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Salaspils Memorial Ensemble, Salaspils

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#7 of 21 in Historic Sites in Riga Region
Monument Educational Site
In a quiet forest sits Salaspils Memorial Ensemble, created in memory of thousands who died in a concentration camp at this site. Menacing dark-gray stone statues represent suffering men, women, and children. A large marble block marks a massive grave while a metronome beats from under the ground, simulating heartbeats. Look for numerous toys scattered around the yard, a reminder of the children who perished here from hunger, cold, and disease. See Salaspils Memorial Ensemble and all Salaspils has to offer by arranging your trip with our Salaspils vacation route planner.
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  • As we were staying a guesthouse close by we decided to visit the memorial. There they were the massive stone figures standing amongst the sounds of beating heart. Stood a moment in silence.  more »
  • This memorial made me ache with sorrow as I read the information and stared at the imposing sculptures. This is sacred ground, walk respectfully, listen to the heartbeat from the earth. The emotions t...  more »
  • To reach the concentration camp you have to take the train and get off at the station of Ogre Darzini, alongside this take a path through the Woods and approximately 15-20 minutes to arrive. At the entrance you will find a huge concrete bunker and in a small outdoor museum, while huge 7 stone statues that depict men and women mourners. always outside a stone slab roughly six metres long contains a metronome ticking which is the heartbeat and flutters x all over the field.
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  • Moving and meditative place ........ the recently placed candies and flowers left in the little cage that forms part of the slab that marks the children's camp had me in tears. Awesome sculptures as well and the wooded surrounds are beautiful. Not for the faint hearted but a very intense experience.
  • There is strange atmosphere/feeling.
  • The eeriest monument ensemble in Latvia with heart beat sound now restored.
  • Very intense place.
  • Close to Riga by car, free parking, a great Soviet era sight.

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