RIGA, capital of Latvia



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Panorama over Riga

Author: Diliff . Source: en.wikipedia.org


View of Riga towards the cathedral and Vanšu Bridge

Author: David Holt . Source: commons.wikimedia.org

Riga is the capital of Latvia. Built on the Baltic Sea at the bottom of the Gulf of Riga, into which the Daugava flows, it is a major industrial, commercial, cultural and financial center of the Vidzeme region.
  Riga (The city is mentioned for the first time, in a writing, in 1198, but it was founded officially in 1201, by Albert de Buxhoeveden), is the largest city of the Baltic States but its population (641,007 inhabitants) Has been rapidly decreasing since 1991.

Riga was, even under the Polish, Swedish and Russian dominions, a German-speaking island inhabited by German-Baltic, with a large Jewish minority speaking in Yiddish or German.


Riga in the 16th century (1572)

Author: 1581 Braun & Hogenberg: of “Civitates Orbis Terrarum”. Source: en.wikipedia.org


High-ranking German officers and Kaiser Wilhelm II in Riga after its fall, 3 September 1917

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Bridge over the river Daugava

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Riga City Council

Author: Voytek S . Source: en.wikipedia.org


Latvian National Opera, Riga, Latvia

Author: Diego Delso. Source: en.wikipedia.org


The radio and TV tower

Author: Averater . Source: en.wikipedia.org


The building of the Brotherhood of Blackheads is one of the most iconic buildings of Old Riga

Author: Wilson44691. Source: en.wikipedia.org


Riga Castle

Photo: Britt Storlykken Helland, 2006. Source: en.wikipedia.org


Riga Latvia , alksnaja iela

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The Swedish gate in Riga

Author: Tahbepet . Source: en.wikipedia.org


Sensation White 2007 – ARENA Riga

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Art Museum Riga Bourse

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Soviet era, Red Latvian Riflemen monument, about WWII

Author: Marco Verch. Source: en.wikipedia.org


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THe Riga freedom monument without the usual guards (a too hot day)

Author: Mannobult . Source: en.wikipedia.org


Overview of the Art Nouveau Building at No. 2a of Alberta Street (Alberta Iela) in Riga This Art Nouveau building (jugendstil) was designed in 1906 by the architect Mikhail Eisenstein (1867-1921). The building has not yet been renovated like most of the buildings on Alberta Street, it is in a state of disrepair. One of the features of this building is the upper part of the facade which is only decorative. The two sphinxes that adorn the entrance marked Serguei Eisenstein (1898-1948), the filmmaker son of the architect, as they appear in a form of winged lions on the famous stairs of Odessa in his film “The Potemkin Battleship” .

The site of the Art Nouveau museum of Riga on this building http://www.art-nouveau.riga.lv/lat/JugendstilsRiga/eizensteins/a.

Author:Jean-Pierre Dalbéra from Paris.  Source: en.wikipedia.org


A spiral staircase of an Art Nouveau building (jugendstil) located at No. 12 Alberta Street (Alberta Iela) in Riga, Latvia. The building is classified by art historians in the new art of national romanticism, an intellectual movement aimed at affirming the culture and traditions of Latvia in the face of Russian imperialism. Architects: K. Pekshens (or Peksens) (1859-1928) and Eijens Laube This building, erected in 1903, was one of the most modern buildings in Riga, with central heating and hot water supply. Its spiral staircase is famous. The facade of the building is decorated with stylized motifs representing plants and animals from Latvia. One of the two architects K. Pekshens lived there, an art nouveau museum was installed in what was his apartment on the ground floor.

Website of the museum http://www.jugendstils.riga.lv

Author:Jean-Pierre Dalbéra from Paris.  Source: en.wikipedia.org


Upper part of the art nouveau building (jugendstil) located at Elizabeth’s Elizabeth Avenue (Elizabeth II) in Riga, Latvia Architect: Mikhail Eisenstein

Author:Jean-Pierre Dalbéra from Paris.  Source: en.wikipedia.org

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