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The Freedom Monument (locally known as Milda) is dedicated "To Fatherland and Freedom" and was designed by the Latvian sculptor Kārlis Zāle. It is a 42 metres high pillar topped by the statue of a woman - the Liberty Statue - with three stars, one for each Latvian region: Kurzeme, Vidzeme and Latgale.
The freedom monument was unveiled in 1935 and, although it did not bring Latvians peace, it survived Soviet occupation and became a symbol of hope and liberation. It was at the foot of this monument, in fact, that in the late 1980's - during early stages of the quest for independence - people used to gather to plot for resistance.
Address: Brģvģbas street
Directions: just outside the historic centre
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