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Monument of Red Riflemen | Strēlnieku piemineklis

Cold stone monuments can become sources of very heated emotional responses, especially if you live in a society which is divided in it's perception of history and where monuments created by different powers and with different ideological backgrounds co-exist together. Latvia and especially Riga fits to these characteristics perfectly. While Liberty monument (lower picture) is devoted to Latvia's Independence, monument to Red Riflemen (upper photo) was erected in Soviet times (1971) and it's honouring Latvian riflemen who protected (i.e., massacred opponents) Lenin and his Socialistic revolution. These photos shows how so different monuments can live together in one city, and as a proof that they're really in one city, you can see the unifying element - spire of St Peter's church in both photos.

Monument of Red Riflemen | Strēlnieku piemineklis Reviewed by Ikars Kublins on Friday, May 03, 2013 Rating: 5


  1. The monument "Latvian red riflemen" were renamed to "Latvian riflemen". In that way the old monument stays, but it's meaning is somehow different now.
    One has to know history quite well to understand why Latvians protected Lenin then.

  2. Great title ! I'd even say more, monuments don't speak but your pictures do !

  3. I love the idea of integrating St. Peter's into both pictures. Very well done!


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