Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Milda holding three stars on top of the Freedom Monument, Riga

On top of this 42 meter high obelisk stands a lady in green copper holding up three stars. These symbolise the three regions (Latgale, Courland and Vidzeme) who became independent from Russia and formed the country Latvia.

The Freedom monument is also a memorial for soldiers who died in the war for independence. The base of the monument contains many statues of freedom fighters. Soldiers guard this monument and take their role very seriously, don't mess with these guys when taking pictures, this is not a London guard.

Op een hoogte van 42 meter, bovenop de obelisk staat de uit koper gehouwen dame Milda. Zij houdt drie sterren omhoog die de regio’s Letgallen, Koerland en Lijfland symboliseren. Deze regio's streden samen voor de onafhankelijkheid van Rusland en vormden de nieuwe staat Letland. 

Het vrijheidsmonument is tevens een eerbetoon aan de soldaten die in deze onafhankelijkheidsstrijd sneuvelden. De basis van het monument bevat vele standbeelden van de vrijheidsstrijders. De soldaten die dit monument bewaken nemen hun taak heel serieus. Haal hier geen grappen uit zoals bij de bewakers in Londen, deze jongens lachen er niet mee. 
 
Freedom Monument Riga

Freedom Monument Riga Milda

Freedom Monument Riga guards

Freedom Monument Riga sculptures

Freedom Monument Riga sculptures

Freedom Monument Riga soldier

Freedom Monument Riga

Freedom Monument Riga

Freedom Monument Riga

Freedom Monument Riga

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7 comments:

  1. Its a beautiful Obelisk...and so full of meaning as well...

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  2. Wow, incredible statues! Reminds me of the guards on our Washburn Water Tower, in Minneapolis!
    http://twincitiesblather.blogspot.com/2013/08/thematic-photographic-downward.html

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  3. the green reminds me of the statue of liberty

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  4. An amazing monument. Great sculptures around it as well. It looks like a freezing cold job for the guards. No wonder they are grumpy.

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  5. A very impressive monument, the guards certainly look stern.

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  6. at the same time modern feeling and some elements we have in old monuments in Bulgaria too, nice to see via your blog! happy weekend....

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