[ Photo Gallery # 81 ]

‘Riga, Latvia’s capital, is set on the Baltic Sea at the mouth of the River Daugava. It is considered a cultural centre and is home to many museums and concert halls. The city is also known for its wooden buildings, art nouveau architecture and medieval Old Town. The pedestrian-only Old Town has many shops and restaurants and is home to busy Livu Square, with bars and nightclubs.’  Wikipedia.

On a visit to Latvia in 2006 I was able to spend a day wandering around its beautiful capital city of Riga.  I include a selection of my photographs below . . .


At the harbour entrance to Riga


Entering Riga via the mouth of the River Daugava


The Vanšu cable-stayed Bridge over the Daugava River 


Statue at the entrance to the sea terminal – The ‘Symbol of the Founding of Riga in 1201’


Riga’s ‘Freedom Statue’


Riga’s ‘Freedom Statue’ – close up view


Riga’s Antenna Aerial Communications Tower


St Peter’s Lutheran Church


View of Riga from the river – The Dome Cathedral on the right


Riga Castle – Official residence of the Latvian President


The Red Riflemen Monument: ‘In the centre of Old Riga stands a controversial red granite statue that was originally dedicated to the Latvian Red Riflemen, some of whom became Lenin’s personal bodyguards. Some view the monument as a symbol of the old communist system and would love to tear it down. Others believe it’s a necessary tribute to Latvians who fought in the early years of WWI. It now honours all Latvian riflemen, both Whites and Reds. Politics aside, it’s an impressive monument.’ (The background history of this statue is reproduced from http://www.inyourpocket.com/riga )


St Peter’s Church and spire


Livu Square in Riga’s Old Town


Entrance to Euro Park – for motor cars


Art nouveau caryatids on the façade of one of Riga’s many such buildings


17 thoughts on “RIGA – LATVIA

  1. A real eye-opener Roland, the bit about the Red Riflemen, for a military history buff like me, worth the entrance fee alone. If only all car parks were so discreet. Thank you for sharing this and the previous piece, most enjoyable.

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  2. What an amazing city! I love statues and I love marveling at architecture…old and new!
    I get giddy when I see the intricate detail and artistic ability of the men and women who create the statues, towers, buildings, etc.!
    HUGS!!! 🙂


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