See: Restored Freedom Monument revealed

The Freedom Monument was unveiled on October 19 following three-month long restoration works. It was extensively cleaned, including its three gilded stars, and as ever high-ranking officials were present to see Latvia's most recognizable monument brought back to close to mint condition.

The restoration works were the most extensive in ten years and cost €190,000. It was done in time for Latvia's centenary next year. 

"Like a host preparing for a celebration, we're tidying up our house and our symbols," said president Raimonds Vējonis, speaking at the monument. 

"Today I want to invite everyone of us to build their own monument to our Latvia. Of course we can do it with our knowledge and our daily work. Our knowledge, the achievements of our people, our daily work are the basis of a strong state and a strong society," he said.

The Freedom Monument was unveiled in 1935. It was designed by sculptor Kārlis Zāle and funded by public donations.

Click HERE to read about its history spanning more than 80 years now. 

Related articles
0 comments
Comment
Comment using your social media profile
Culture
Culture