Freedom Monument and the Daugava

Two other symbols of Latvia are the very well-known landmark in the capital Riga – the Freedom Monument and the Daugava, which is the river that divides Riga into two parts.

The Freedom Monument was built from 1931 to 1935. It is the creation of Latvian sculptor Karlis Zale. It was built to honor soldiers killed during the Latvian War of Independence. The base of the monument shows some important moments in the history of Latvia. It is a breathtaking monument depicting a woman symbolizing freedom holding three large stars in her two outstretched hands. The stars stand for the cultural regions of Latvia – Vidzeme, Kurzeme/Zemgale and Latgale. You can always find many flowers at the base of the monument.

The Daugava divides Riga into the right bank which is the city side and the left bank which is the suburban part of the city. It is the largest river that flows through Latvia beginning in Russia. Since the Romantic era, the river has been accepted in Latvian literature as a fate or “mother” river, influencing the history of the nation. As the Daugava flows through the country it divides the historical districts of Kurzeme and Zemgale from Vidzeme and Latgale.

These are my own photos.


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