Wikipedia:Picture of the day/January 2015

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Freedom Monument
The Freedom Monument is a memorial located in Riga, Latvia, which honors the soldiers killed during the Latvian War of Independence. Designed by Kārlis Zāle and unveiled in 1935, this 42-metre (138 ft) monument includes thirteen groups of statues and bas-reliefs depicting Latvian culture and history. At the top is a 19-metre (62 ft)-high travertine column bearing the copper figure of Liberty lifting three gilded stars. Following Soviet occupation of Latvia in 1940, the monument was considered for demolition but ultimately saved. It remains a focal point for public gatherings and official ceremonies.Monument: Kārlis Zāle; photograph: Diego Delso

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