Located in the centre of Rātslaukums (Town Hall Square) is the Rolanda skulptūru – Statue of Roland. The statue is the work of the Latvian sculptor, Edvins Krumiņš, who specializes in the restoration and reconstruction of historical monuments. Unveiled in 2000, the statue was created to replace the granite statue of 1897 which stood in the square until World War II.
Roland was the nephew of Charlemagne and a Frankish military leader who was killed in 778. He came to symbolize freedom and justice with many representations of him appearing in cities in Europe. The shield is decorated with the Riga coat of arms.