Riga: Piemineklis Rainim


Located on the Esplanāde in Riga is the red granite Monument to Rainis – Piemineklis Rainim. Jānis Rainis was born in 1865 and was a Latvian playwright, poet, politician and translator. Rainis (the pseudonym of Jānis Pliekšāns) was a founder and director of Riga Daile Theatre, director of the Latvian National Theatre and a Minister of Education.


Erected in 1965, the monument is the creation of the Latvian sculptor Karl Zemdega.