Liberation Square – View from Latgale HotelRezekne , Latvia
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Rezekne, on pair with Daugavpils, is a cultural and historical center of Latgale. This region has played a crucial role in establishing Latvia as an independent state. Due to that, a monument has been built at the Liberation Square that represents the importance of Latgale in the fight for independence.
The laying stone has been laid as early as 1930, though the project, which results are seen now, has been developed only in 1934. The composition is compiled from 3 key elements: a young man tearing a chain – a common trope a lot of Latvian monuments, which symbolises the fight for Independence of Latvian people; the “People’s Daughter” that has fallen down on her knees praying and a young woman with a cross and arms raised to the sky, which symbolises the idea of an independent Latvia.
During the course of its history the monument has lived through a lot. It was close to destruction during the World War II several times, before being eventually demounted in the 1950s. However, it was restored just in time – in 1992, after the restoration of Latvian independence. The monument “All for Latvia” or its national name – Mara, that now represents the newly restored Republic, reminds the citizens of Rezekne, Latgale and the whole Latvia about its history and the meaning of the whole region.