The symbol of Latvia
Why locals love it
Every Latvian knows this 42 meters tall monument that depicts young lady Milda holding three golden stars. These stars symbolize the provinces of Kurzeme, Vidzeme and Latgale. The monument is built to honour soldiers who were killed during the Latvian War of Independence (1918-1920). Nowadays it's one of the main meeting spots in the city.
Why you should visit it
The monument is situated in the very centre if the city and is easily accessible. It's the piece of the history of Latvia. If you are visiting the monument between 10am and 4pm you can also see a two-man Honour Guard standing there. They change every hour.
There is "Tēvzemei un Brīvībai" written on the monument. It means "For Fatherland and Freedom" in English.