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Old May 1st, 2005, 09:33 PM   #1
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Another Riga thread by Gatis

1st of May here was silent, sunny, a bit lazy day. Streets were almost empty and there were not too many tourists. Perfect day for photography in historical centre.
Today there was the fifth time when I mapped architecture in the northern part of Old Riga. Some 10 times still needed for Old Riga, then I will move to Boulevards.
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Today walked the part of Old Riga around Jekaba church. I really love this part of city because it is very pleasant, silent and rich with architecture. Even in grey weather it looks bright. 75 pictures were too less for this picturesque area – should come more times.

Sunday look to Vansu bridge


Riga skyline from Vansu bridge


Caste of Riga – seat of president

View in inner garden of Castle

Smaller building of castle complex – just renovated:


Detail of banking highschool on K. Valdemara Street 1b


Bank of Latvia – entrance


Courtyard near Jekaba Church. Everything looks ancient.

Front side of this building


Goethe Institut buildings


Some Catholic institution


Klostera Street


Entrance on St. Jekaba Church with two older ladies

Bell of St Jekaba Church high up in the air

Gothic details


Jekaba Street:

Jekaba square

Parliament building on Jekaba Street 11

Here work parliamentary commissions – Jekaba Street 10/12

Stone detail of neighbouring building on Jekaba Street

This building stands on corner of Jekaba and Smilsu Streets


Jugendstil on Smilsu Street 2


Smilsu Street


Arsenal – one of best Ampire style samples in Riga. Nowadays – exhibition hall

Arsenala Street
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Old May 1st, 2005, 10:44 PM   #2
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is it some sort of a hospital or anything like that?
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Lots of art nouveau. Love it. Jekaba street looks truly beautiful.
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Old May 2nd, 2005, 11:34 AM   #4
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Riga skyline from Vansu bridge
An awesome skyline that is!
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Old May 2nd, 2005, 12:05 PM   #5
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@Ringil - that is library. There are lots of different symbolics - I am sure it all has some meaning for library. In general lots of Art Nouveau symbolics are with some meaning.
There are also lots of Freemasonry symbolics in Art Nouveau buildings around Riga - some people are investigating these things now. F.e. look at the middle part of this building:
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Old May 2nd, 2005, 01:20 PM   #6
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I just love the urbanity of this city
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Old May 2nd, 2005, 01:59 PM   #7
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Riga is a beautiful city, no other Baltic city looks so urban, I'm impressed
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Old May 2nd, 2005, 02:35 PM   #8
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Very beautiful indeed. Thanks Gatis!
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Old May 2nd, 2005, 09:17 PM   #9
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Nice. I like pictures of smaller buildings, I don`t know, they just look cuter to me. But anyway old town of Riga is really great place.
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Old May 2nd, 2005, 10:47 PM   #10
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Thank you, Gatis!

I just can't over how many large areas of coherent architecture there are in Riga. That is SO enviable, and SO impressive!

I really like your style of "reporting."
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Old May 2nd, 2005, 11:07 PM   #11
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Riga is so beautiful !!!!!!!!! Lovely pics !! The view from Vansu bridge is unbelievable ! The Goethe Institut buildings and the presidents castle are very pretty !!!
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Old June 20th, 2005, 04:23 PM   #12
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Gosh! Riga is so OH MY GOD'ish!!!! Wonderful pics, thank you VERY much! You know, Riga didn't call much of my attention, maybe cuz it was a bit underrated over here when I used to visit S&B more often. But now, with this pics, it's absolutely gorgeous for me! When I go to Helsinki and Tallinn, Riga will definetly be in my route too!
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Old June 20th, 2005, 11:57 PM   #13
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Thanks! Riga is really worth visiting, may be I even can find time for guiding
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Old June 21st, 2005, 12:02 PM   #14
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You CAN???!!!!!

I'll send you a PM.
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Old June 21st, 2005, 12:21 PM   #15
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Amazing as always Gatis! Riga really look's fabulous.
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ver very nice riga is
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Old June 25th, 2005, 01:45 AM   #17
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so damn amazing pics!!!!!!
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Old June 25th, 2005, 08:35 AM   #18
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Beautiful photos, thanks
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Old June 27th, 2005, 11:51 PM   #19
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^my favorite
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Old August 10th, 2005, 09:48 PM   #20
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I agree. BTW, do the Latvians call that one church "Dom"?
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