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This is in the Town Hall Square and was erected in 1897. It is only a copy after the statue was destroyed in World War 11. The original is at St Peter's Cathedral. Roland is a true person and he has became the symbol of justice in Northern Germany
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Roland, who was a close associate of Charlemagne, is the patron saint of Riga. The original statue from 1897 was destroyed by bombing in the Second World War, along with most of the Town Square, and I'm glad that they have replaced it with a replica at the centre of the square.
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I found it incongruous that a statue of Roland, a French military leader under Charlemagne in his battles with the Moors, should be located in the Town Hall Square in Riga. Some research showed that apparently they were not uncommon in the Hanseatic states of eastern Germany and
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A Roland statue in front of townhall represents knight with a drawn sword, signifying the town privileges of a medieval city. Current statue is reproduction of original destroyed in WWII
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As with other structures in this square the statue that is in the square is a copy. The original statue was damaged in the Second World War and now stands in the church, which you have to pay to go in. This seems to be a pity for such an important symbol of freedom.
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