[ 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
OSLO, Capital of Norway, is a beautiful city. made even more so, in my opinion, by the multitude of statues/sculptures which can be seen dotted around the city. There is almost no point within the central part of the city from which it is not possible to see a sculpture.
Whether or not these are artistically worthy, is not, for me, the issue. Rather it is just the sheer joy of coming across a new image, all of which, whatever their artistic merits, make you think, invite you to view them from every angle, and most are certainly memorable.
The photograph immediately below is not, in fact one of these, but an Oslo still life human reconstruction of a static figure, as can be seen these days in many towns and cities across the world.
I have included my photographs of just a few of Oslo’s genuine sculptures in the gallery below, which I invite visitors to my blog to view. The photographs were all taken by me during a visit to Oslo in 2004 . . .