Park Inn by Radisson Riga Valdemara

Krogus iela 1 Riga LV-1048 Riga Latvia +371 6347 7777

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The Freedom Monument

The Freedom Monument has been Riga's central landmark for almost a century. This 42.7 meter tall granite and copper work of art is a symbol of the Latvian nation's strive for freedom and independence. The woman on top of the monument is holding up three golden stars which represent Latvia's historical regions of Kurzeme, Vidzeme and Latgale. The motto "For the Fatherland and Freedom" is inscribed upon the base. The monument was unveiled on 18 Nov 1935 and financed entirely from public donations.

The Freedom Monument was erected according to the design by the outstanding Latvian sculptor, Kārlis Zāle (1888 – 1942), who was also the artist for the Memorial Ensemble at the Brethren Cemetery. Zāle's idea was implemented by architect Ernests Štālbergs (1883 – 1958), and the construction lasted for 4 years.

The Freedom Monument is an architectural representation of the idea of freedom – the large-scale sculptures, arranged on several levels, depict significant events and personalities from Latvian history.
Distance from the hotel: 2.9 km