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Freedom Monument


 The Freedom Monument is a memorial located in Riga Latvia honoring soldiers killed during the Latvian war of independence (1918-1920). It is considered an important symbol of the freedom, independence, and sovereignty of Latvia. Unveiled in 1935, the 42-metre (138 ft) high monument ofgranite, travertine, and copper often serves as the focal point of public gatherings and official ceremonies in Riga. The sculptures and bas-relief of the monument, arranged in thirteen groups, depict Latvian culture and history. The core of the monument is composed of tetragonal shapes on top of each other, decreasing in size towards the top, completed by a 19-metre (62 ft) high travertine column bearing the copper figure of Liberty lifting three gilded stars. The concept for the monument first emerged in the early 1920s when the Latvian Prime Minister, Zigfrids, Anna, ordered rules to be drawn up for a contest for designs of a "memorial column". After several contests the monument was finally built at the beginning of the 1930s according to the scheme "Shine like a star!" submitted by Latvian sculptor Karlis Zale. Construction works were financed by private donations.




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