Barclay de Tolly monument in Riga

Pictures and text by Mark R. Hatlie

These pictures were taken in Riga during the first week of September, 2007. This memorial is located near the southeast corner of the Esplanade, near the Orthodox cathedral. It has an interesting history. It was erected in 1913 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the campaign against Napoleon and to honor general Barclay de Tolly who was from Riga. In 1915 it was evacuated (along with the Peter monument and also lost at sea. In 2002 it was reconstructed and put back on its original pedestal, which had stood empty for decades.

It is now a favorite place for skateboarders as well as a gathering place for local Russian political groups.

This is the view from the sidewalk at the corner of the park.

The visit to this location was paid for by a research grant from the
American Public University System.
"Educating those who serve."

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