10 The Freedom Monument Facts

Freedom Monument Facts

Freedom Monument Facts

  1. The Freedom Monument is a memorial located in Riga, Latvia, honouring soldiers killed during the Latvian War of Independence (1918–1920).
  2. The sculptures and bas-reliefs of the monument, arranged in thirteen groups, depict Latvian culture and history.
  3. Following the Soviet occupation of Latvia in 1940 Latvia was annexed by the Soviet Union and the Freedom Monument was considered for demolition, but no such move was carried out.
  4. The monument is located in the centre of Riga on Brīvības bulvāris.
  5. The clock was set up in 1924, and in 1936 it was decorated with an advertisement for the Latvian confectionery brand “Laima”, from which it took its name; it is a popular meeting spot.
  6. The idea of building a memorial to honour soldiers killed in action during the Latvian War of Independence first emerged in the early 1920s. On July 27, 1922, the Prime Minister of Latvia, Zigfrīds Anna Meierovics, ordered rules to be drawn up for a contest for designs of a “memorial column”. The winner of this contest was a scheme proposing a column 27 meters (89 ft) tall with reliefs of the official symbols of Latvia and bas-reliefs of Krišjānis Barons and Atis Kronvalds.
  7. The 42.7-meter high monument is made up of 56 sculptures, divided into 13 sculptural groups on four levels, which depict Latvian history and culture.
  8. Two soldiers stand guard at the monument throughout the day and perform a modest changing of the guards every hour on the hour from 9 am to 6 pm.
  9. She (The Statue) holds aloft three stars indicative of the three historical districts of Latvia.
  10. As of 2016, the monument is regularly monitored and its lower part is cleaned and covered with a protective coating every five years. It is planned to carry out cleaning and restoration of the entire monument in 2017.
Freedom Monument Facts
Freedom Monument Facts

Abbey of Saint-Remi Basilica

Abbey of Saint-Remi

The Abbey of Saint-Remi was founded in the sixth century and consecrated by Pope Leo IX in 1049, its the oldest church in Remi and one of the finest in Northern France, built in Romanesque style. The archbishops of Reims and several princes, Carloman, brother of Charlemagne, Henri and kings Louis IV of France and Lothair were buried in the monastery.

The Romanesque and gothic style gives it the basilica its unique look, having one side of the nave in Romanesque and the other side with gothic style, the basilica has some vertical elements but still retains the layers of horizontal solidity that is characterised Romanesque architecture.

During World War I, the building was significantly damaged, it was rebuilt from the ruins in the next 40 years, the restoration project was done by architect Henri Deneux.

Valuable objects were looted from the abbey in the French Revolution and the Holy Ampulla of the coronation of the kings of France that was kept in the abbey was destroyed, however, the 12th century stained glass remained intact.

Opposite the St. Remi Basilica, at 53, Rue Simon is the Saint Rémi Museum. It contains collections of Gallo-Roma artefacts, as well as Napoleon-era weapons. The museum tells the story of Rheims, starting with prehistory. It contains some remarkable Roman mosaics, including this enormous depiction of gladiators. The museum costs 3 euros for admission.

The Saint Remi Basilica is located only 1 mile away from the cathedral. the Abbey is almost as large as the Cathedral.

The Abbey of Saint-Remi became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.

Abbey of Saint-Remi
Abbey of Saint-Remi Basilica

Abbey of Saint-Remi Basilica Contact Information

Telephone: +33 3 26 85 31 20 | Official Website |

How To Get There

Gare de Reims and Maison Blanche train stations are 20 -30 minutes away from the abbey, we highly recommend getting the taxi from the station. save yourself a lot of time.

Travelling from Paris to Saint Remi Basilica: Take Quai de l’Hôtel de Ville, Quai Henri IV, Quai de la Rapée and Quai de Bercy to A4 in Charenton-le-Pont 11 min (5.3 km), Follow A4 to Avenue de Champagne/D951 in Reims. Take exit 25-Reims – Saint Remi from A344 1 h 19 min (139 km), Continue on Avenue de Champagne. Take Avenue Saint-Pol to Rue du Châtelet.

Opening Hours

Monday 02:00 PM – 06:30 PM
Tuesday 02:00 PM – 06:30 PM
Wednesday 02:00 PM – 06:30 PM
Thursday 02:00 PM – 06:30 PM
Friday 02:00 PM – 06:30 PM
Saturday 02:00 PM – 07:00 PM
Sunday 02:00 PM – 07:00 PM

Closed dates: 1st of January, 1st of May,14th of July, 1st of November, 11th of November, and 25th of December.


Adults €4
Seniors and Youth €3
Children Under 6 Free Entry
Free admission first Sunday of every month


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  • The average duration of an individual visit: 30 minutes.
  • Historical sites and monuments
  • founded in the sixth century

Abbey of Saint-Remi
Abbey of Saint-Remi Basilica


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  • Holiday Inn Reims Centre Located just 400 yards from Reims Convention Centre, Holiday Inn Reims Centre is ideally located in the historic centre of Reims, and it features the only panoramic restaurant in Reims and a bar. check price.
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  • Grand Hôtel Des Templiers located in Reims, just a 15-minute walk to the city centre and an 8-minute drive from Reims Convention Centre. It features an indoor swimming pool and a sauna. Check Price.
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Address: Rue Saint-Julien, 51100 Reims, France | Coordinates: 49°14′35″N 4°02′31″E

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Abbey of Saint-Remi
Abbey of Saint-Remi Basilica

Law, Dundee

The Dundee Law

The Law is located on a Mountain Peak in Dundee, Scotland. It’s predominant feature is an extinct volcano, which gives it its name.

It’s also said that the Dundee Law was given it’s name by the Anglo-Saxon ‘hlāw’, which means a grave-mound or from the Gaelic phrase for a mound.

The is a secret tunnel which runs via it, which was closed in the 1980’s, that was used for the railway to Newtyle. A marketing campaign in 2014 wanted to reopen the tunnels, as a tourist attraction.


A world war one and two memorial was constructed at the top of the summit, which was unveiled on may 16th 1925, In 1992 to 1994 the structure was upgraded, The memorial is lit with a large flame at its top on a number of significant days.


Archaeological proof of burials propose that the regulation may additionally have been used by human settlers 3500 years ago.

During the Iron Age it become the site of a ‘Pictish’ settlement. Roman pottery has been found on the regulation, suggesting that the Romans can also have used it as a lookout post within the first century.

The Law


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