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Old October 3rd, 2009, 09:23 PM   #181
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69. Arkādijas park - it's very nice, spruce park right next to Uzvaras park (which I showed some 3-4 weeks ago), in Āgenskalns historical district. Nice canal flows through the park, with many waterlilies in them, and one part of the park is located on a hill, and every hill for such a flat city as Riga is a blessing. Here you see panoramic view from that hill to the lower part of park - in the left corner (on the bridge) you see wedding-guests.

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Old October 3rd, 2009, 10:26 PM   #182
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I love the Academy of Sciences; it reminds me of Moscow State University (no surprise really)

I am wondering whether to visit Riga in a few months; these pics are convicing me; thanks so much!
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Old October 4th, 2009, 11:04 AM   #183
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The park above looks great, very nice indeed
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Old October 4th, 2009, 07:49 PM   #184
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@Libertango - you're welcome! The best time to visit should be summer/late spring though, but if you will be lucky with some sunny "golden autumn" or "white winter" day, then it will be great as well!



70. Old St. Ģertrūdes church - in the recent poll in SSC it was recognized as the most beautiful church of Riga. It's built in 1869, with the tower height of 63 metres.





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No wonder why exactly this church won - it's architecture is something really incrediable for Northern countries!!
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Beauty? Yes, and lots of it - thanks for proving that.
But metropolis? Thanks God it isn't so!
(I'd rather live in Riga than in Sao Paolo....)
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Old October 4th, 2009, 10:23 PM   #187
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@Libertango - you're welcome! The best time to visit should be summer/late spring though, but if you will be lucky with some sunny "golden autumn" or "white winter" day, then it will be great as well!
I guess it's pretty tough in winter, yea? Every year (for the last four years) I have had a city break in December, to buy some cool Christmas gifts! So I'm wondering about Riga this year...

That church is beautiful!
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Old October 4th, 2009, 11:53 PM   #188
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Beauty? Yes, and lots of it - thanks for proving that.
But metropolis? Thanks God it isn't so!
(I'd rather live in Riga than in Sao Paolo....)
Thanks!
"Metropolis of beauty" - in other words, metropolis in terms of beauty - that's the meaning of thread title.
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Nice church, but I voted another one (orthodox cathedral or so)
It looks higher than 63 meter.
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Old October 5th, 2009, 12:00 AM   #190
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I guess it's pretty tough in winter, yea? Every year (for the last four years) I have had a city break in December, to buy some cool Christmas gifts! So I'm wondering about Riga this year...
Tough - no, the winters are warm in the last years, most of the time without snow, temperatures above zero, there is this irritating and depressing grey slush almost all the time. I would prefer a tough winter with minus 20 degrees, white snow and sun - but don't remember such winter in Latvia in the last 10 years. So, if you're worrying about coldness, then no reason for it (of course, if this winter suddenly won't turn out different) - I guess, winters in Latvia is pretty much similar to winter in UK, just may be some 3-5 degrees colder.
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^Oh OK; that doesn't sound too bad (though I love the freezing temps, snow and blazing sun too) so maybe I'll do Riga this year; there are some economy flights going from my nearest airport too, so it looks likely.
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Sorry, forgot about Monday's picture, so here it comes:



71. Dom's square - one of Old Town's main squares. Historically, there was a built-up, but the square was established just in the second half of 19th Century, by torning down the ancient houses surrounding Riga Cathedral.

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72. K. Valdemāra street - entrance to Riga centre when looking from Vanšu bridge.

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^Beautiful buidlings. I think I'm convinced (to come )
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^Beautiful buidlings. I think I'm convinced (to come )
Have you seen my other thread about Riga - Dreamlike reality: Art Nouveau of Riga? You shouldn't miss these buildings when you're in Riga - and there is much more!
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73. "Vārpa" - another beer factory, this one in Maskavas historical suburb. It's built in 1898.



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Wow! Great pics again!
Are these recent pictures? Cause I remember the Venetian-Style building on Dome square (left on photo 71) was under renovation in August.
That view from Vanšu bridge is stunning!
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Wow! Great pics again!
Are these recent pictures? Cause I remember the Venetian-Style building on Dome square (left on photo 71) was under renovation in August.
That view from Vanšu bridge is stunning!
Thanks!
Some pics are recent, some a bit older. The pic of Dom square is taken in June 2008 - so, before renovation. Last 2 pics are from August-September 2009.
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74. Appartment building "Centra nams". Not the best modern architecture, but not the worst either. At least some urban accent closer to Daugava riverside.





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Not the best architecture, indeed. But it's colourful.
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