The monument of Ilyushin Il-28 military aircraft is located in a small village Skulte, 100 meters next to RIX.
Skulte was a closed military area before 1993, which was home for 27th division of Soviet Air Defence Forces.
People living in this area were also serving the Anti-Aircraft base in Marupe.
This is a monument in Jelgava town, which is devoted to Independence fights in 1918-1920. Writings like Jelgavas Atbrīvotājiem (For Liberators of Jelgava) always make me think.. What would be if Jelgava was not liberated?
Do you remember summer photo titled 152 Days? It was counting days left to the first Advent Sunday. This counter was also promoting celelbration of the First Christmas Tree. It was believed that Riga had hosted the very first Christmas Tree 500 years ago next to Blackheads house. In fact recently, some more old sources revealed that the First Christmas tree was erected in Tallinn. Sad.
Jānis Pliekšāns aka Rainis used to be a big figure in Latvian literature and national movement. In fact Rainis is the only ethnic Latvian who was candidate for Nobel Prize, although unavailing. His wife, Aspasia was also prominent public figure; and both of them were several times in exile because of political views against the regime of Imperial Russia.
Another monument devoted to the revolution of 1905 is located in one of Riga suburbs, Ulbroka town. It is the main sight of the small town, which is located on the fork of two roads Riga-Ogre and Riga-Ergli.
Triumphal Arch was built in 1815 in honour of decisive Russian victory over French army of Napoleon I. The memorial has official name Alexander Gate, because initially it was built on Alexander street, next to present VEF Bridge. Nowadays it is located in Viesturs Garden.
Albert is the name of the bronze monument devoted to Chimney sweepers. The monument was opened less than one month ago on 22 Skolas iela. In Latvia it is considered lucky to see Chimney sweep, so now you know where you can always find one ;)
Today is the beginning of Football World Cup in South Africa. Waka Waka, this time for Africa! Unfortunately Latvian team couldn't get into final part, hence I'm going to support North Korea this time :) What team do you support?
Alfrēds Kalniņš is one of the most famous Latvian composers. During his life he used to work in many cities, including New York. His sculpture was erected in 1979, on his 100th birthday. Initially the statue was in front of Opera, but now it is looking towards Opera's back.
Jelgava is the 4th largest city in Latvia, which is located just in 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Riga. Many of Jelgava's 65000 inhabitants are strongly connected to Riga because of studies, work or other business and travel almost everyday back and forth.
Today is 65 years since the great Victory of Soviet forces over German Nazis during the Second World War. A lot of people gathering next to the Monument of Victory, lay flowers and commemorate people fallen in the war. P.S. Do no forget that today is Mother's day as well :)
Milda is the statue's name on the top of Brīvības piemineklis (Liberty Monument), which is erected on Brivibas bulvaris, in the very center of Riga. The woman is holding three stars symbolizing freedom and three historical regions of Latvia - Kurzeme (including Zemgale), Latgale and Vidzeme. Writing Tēvzemei un Brīvībai means For the Fatherland and the Freedom. The monument is 42 meters high and was built in 1935 in the place of monument to Peter I the Great. This photo is devoted to the Monthly Theme day, which is Statues. On photo there are two statues more at the bottom of monument. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants. BTW, today is International Labour Day and hence official holiday.
Aspazija (Aspasia) is the most famous Latvian female poet. She is also famous as life'scompanion of Rainis.
Because of their political views they both were expelled to Pskov for 5 years, and then run away to Switzerland.
Upon their return to Independent Latvia in 1920, two of the most beautiful Riga boulevards were named in honor of Aspazija and Rainis.
She died in 1943 at home in Dubulti, Jurmala town. This monument is located few meters from her house.
Bilingual writing Фабрика велосипедовѣ А. Лейтнерѣ (Old Russian orthography) Velociped-Fabrik A. Leutner (German) is a good monument to the first Bicycle Factory in Russian Empire, which was founded in 1886.
Rīgas torņu skaitītājs (Riga's Towers Counter) is relatively new bronze monument next to Swedbank building. The bronze man is sitting on the grass and counts innumerable Riga towers. This sculpture is made as a gift to Riga by donations of Swedbank clients; sculpted by Olga; Shilova; photographed by Mike.
This metal doors of the former NKVD building (later KGB) is untypical monument, which will always remind to people how many victims were tortured and killed because of wrong political views during the early Soviet times aka Stalin's era. Today is the Monthly theme, which is Doorways. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants
Voldemārs Irbe aka Irbīte is one of the most famous Latvian painters living in Riga. He is notable for pictures of urban environment, hence his works are more interesting for Riga lovers, like all we are :) Painters and autumn colors always are looking more saturated.
Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten (The Bremen Town Musicians) is the name of bronze statue next to St. Peters Church. It is a gift from German city Bremen, the sister city of Riga. The statue depicting donkey, dog, cat, and rooster. Note the mouths that have become shiny. Touching the mouth is said to make wishes come true.
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