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Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Riga's Freedom Monument




Riga, Latvia

Towering over the city, Riga's very own Lady Liberty often comes into view as you turn a corner or cross a street. Erected in the '30s as a war memorial for those killed during the Latvian War of Independence, it's pretty amazing that she survived the later Soviet occupation. In fact, until I read up about it, I'd assumed the freedom being celebrated was freedom from the USSR - to which she now also stands testament.

A beautiful, proud, but sorrowful reminder that the Baltic states have had to fight long and hard for independence, throughout the course of modern history.

Riga, Latvia

Riga, Latvia

Riga, Latvia



7 comments:

Tabor said...

I know very little about this country and its history as most Americans. Glad you share this. Very interesting.

The Bipolar Diva said...

As always, love your pictures and what a reminder.

Slamdunk said...

I am with Tabor--thanks for the education Rachel. Always enjoy your photographic perspectives as well.

Rachel said...

She does look very Thirties, doesn't she. Like you I'm amazed she survived the Soviet era...

AVCr8teur said...

Very impressive statue. It is like many statues in one.

de engineur said...

Great series! The close-up shot is nicely detailed

Charlotte Klein said...

Beautiful commemorative statue, Rachel. The first picture is breathtaking.

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