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A place to see if you are in Riga

It does feel a bit weird to advise… However.

A sacred place in Riga, that not in my families case but for many others holds personal stories.

The Riga Brethren Cemetery is the most important and outstanding Latvian memorial ensemble. It is dedicated to the soldiers who fell during World War I and the Latvian Freedom Fights (1915-1920). 3 thousand heroes, including 300 unknown soldiers, lie buried in the Cemetery ground.

The RBC is situated in the north-east of Riga, 5 km from the City Centre, covering 9 hectares of area. It took 21 year to complete the cemetery. 

The ensemble expresses, in the language of landscape, sculpture and architecture, the gratitude of the nation to the fallen heroes. The presence of the nation is expressed by:

  • Landscape, using elements characteristic of the Latvian landscape, farmstead and folklore: linden, oak, birch trees, the rosehip, etc.;
  • Sculpture, introducing images of heroized ancient Latvian warriors and complementing them with heraldry featuring the administrative divisions of Latvia (which existed in 1936): four areas of the country: Kurzeme, Zemgale, Vidzeme, Latgale; 19 districts and 59 towns. The urn beneath the image of Mother Latvia contains 517 handfuls of soil, a handful from each parish;
  • Architecture, built from travertine, a local building material dug out from the subterranean depths of Latvia.

Here is the official web page of The Riga Brethren Cemetary where you can read much more in detail.