St. Peter’s Church is amongst the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Dating back to the 13th century it is one of the oldest medieval Gothic architecture in the Baltic States, also like St Jacobs it has... more
The Central Market is one of the largest and oldest markets in Europe and has been included in Unesco World Heritage list in 1998. We didn’t buy anything but it was great just to wonder around and... more
The Historic Centre of Riga ia a UNESCO World Heritage Site. it's not hard to see why. The city is most noted for its extensive Jugendstil (German Art Nouveau) architecture UNESCO says unparalleled... more
The Monument of Freedom was built during 1931-35, designed by Latvian sculptor Karlis Zale and the finance came from donations by the people. It was built as a symbolic of freedom and independence of... more
A MUSEUM MUST SEE....I cried in this museum at the enormity of the suffering and endurance needed to get through the cruelty dished out through the years to the peoples of this country....and in the... more
House of the Blackheads, this beautiful building is not the original. It was totally rebuilt, replicated and completed in 1999. Originally called the New House which was built in 1334 and since then... more
The Dome Cathedral is the largest place of worship in the Baltics
The foundation stone of the Dome was laid in 1211, when Bishop Albert had a great plan of building a church, a monastery, some more... more
One of the most beautiful churches I have seen, it is Neo-Byzantine style (this style was preferred church style in Russia during Alexander II of Russia and it replaced Russo-Bysantine) with main... more
Riga is the city if you want to see concentration of Art Nouveau architecture. You can find it in the old and new town district around Elizabetes, Elizabetes Street, Alberta and Strelnieku Streets. I... more
The buildings in the photo are known as Three Brothers. There are three buildings located in Maza Pills Street, no 17 is the white building being the oldest which dates back in the late 15th century... more
The Powder Tower (Pulvertornis) it was part of the defensive system of the town and was originally called the Sand Tower. In the 17th century the tower began to store gunpowder. Today the building is... more
The Old Town of Riga used to be surrounded by walls on all sides, but now-days, not much is left. The Invaders tore must of them down in the 1800s.
The Swedish Gate is an attractive city gate, so... more
Riga Castle was built in 1330 in the old Town as the residence for Master of Livonian Order.
Originally the castle was fortress-like 3 story building with an inner courtyard and four towers. Since... more
The Academy of Sciences, known by many as "Stalin's birthday cake," is a classic example of Soviet-era Social Realist architecture. While the building itself is nothing to write home about, the... more
Not every house has a cat in the roof :) But in Riga - yes, it is :) The house surely has the Cat name after two black cats put on the roof. The owner of the house turned cats’ tails into the Guild... more
The Musicians of Bremen Statue is strategically placed between three major churches in Riga, Saint Peter's, Saint John's and Saint George's churches. The German city of Bremen, by the way, is twinned... more
St. John's Church is a Protestant church in Riga. Built in 1297, this old Church was used as the chapel of a Dominican abbey. The church was destroyed several times, so not all the architecture is... more
Latvian National Opera. The impressive white building surrounded by beautiful park was built in 1860-63 to house German speaking theatre and eventually Latvian artist also performed here. The Latvian... more
The Railway Bridge connects the two banks of Riga that are divided by the Daugava River.
I happened to see this Bridge when I was having a look at the central markets.
The Bridge was built in 1872,... more
Open Air Ethnographic Museum is located on the outskirt of Riga in a pine forest on the shores of Jugla Lake, about 40 minutes by bus. It is set on 100 hectares of land. You can walk in the forest and... more
The Bastion Hill (Park) located near the Old Town and Freedom monument. It is nice park to stroll along after sightseeing the Old Town of Riga. Great spot to meander along the canal and see flower... more
St. Jacob’s (St James) Cathedral is one of the oldest features of Rīga historical centre that has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The church was dedicated to Saint James and it... more
Located next to each other in Riga, is the Small and Great Guild Halls, both impressive buildings.
The Great Guild , was a Merchant's organization for German merchants.
The first building from... more
Hard to say for me why Laima clock is famous in Riga, but anyway it was nice to see how it looks. This clock was donated by Laima chocolate manufacturer, and the main thing people like it as it is... more
It was long time ago I first started to think about going to Riga - not so far, good communication, so on...but I had not much time and money and didn't know any person in Riga. The things changed......
Riga is the capital of Latvia more than eight hundred years. Maybe it's not as large as many European capital cities, but Riga has its own charm and beauty. Riga's ancient centre is Old City, where......
Some people used to call Riga as small Paris. It is nice place with a lot of architecture from Jugendstil times, small streets, nice cafes and lot of parks. You have to see Old Town, to cross one of...