Riga city



riga_skyline_panorama_latvia_-_diliffAuthor: Diliff . Source: en.wikipedia.org

Panorama over Riga

800px-riga_-_latviaAuthor: David Holt . Source: commons.wikimedia.org

View of Riga towards the cathedral and Vanšu Bridge

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.                                                              [Wikipedia]

panorama_of_riga_1572Author: 1581 Braun & Hogenberg: of “Civitates Orbis Terrarum”. Source: en.wikipedia.org

Riga in the 16th century (1572)


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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

1024px-riga_-_city_hallAuthor: Voytek S . Source: en.wikipedia.org

Riga City Council

1280px-opera_nacional_riga_letonia_2012-08-07_dd_15Author: Diego Delso. Source: en.wikipedia.org

Latvian National Opera, Riga, Latvia

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The radio and TV tower

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

1024px-2006_09_14-17_rigafortress054Photo: Britt Storlykken Helland, 2006. Source: en.wikipedia.org

Riga Castle

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Riga Latvia , alksnaja iela

1024px-svenskporten_rigaAuthor: Tahbepet . Source: en.wikipedia.org

The Swedish gate in Riga

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Sensation White 2007 – ARENA Riga


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Art Museum Riga Bourse

stone_monument_in_riga_-_steindenkmal_in_riga_28634731644Author: Marco Verch. Source: en.wikipedia.org

Soviet era, Red Latvian Riflemen monument, about WWII

4818114105_1c83bef8b6_zAuthor: David Holt . Source: flickr.com . Some rights reserved

Mikhail Nekhemievich Tal (Latvian Mihails Tāls), born November 9, 1936 in Riga (Latvia) and died June 28, 1992 in Moscow (Russia), is a Latvian chess player, who became Soviet like Latvia in 1944. Eighth champion chess world from 1960 to 1961, he also won the World Blitz Championship in 1988 and was six-time USSR champion. [Wikipedia]

riga-freedom-monumentAuthor: Mannobult . Source: en.wikipedia.org

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

immeuble_art_nouveau_riga_7575664960Author:Jean-Pierre Dalbéra from Paris.  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.

1024px-escalier_dun_immeuble_art_nouveau_riga_7561907794Author: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

1024px-immeuble_art_nouveau_riga_7558514582Author: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


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