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Old October 19th, 2009, 12:02 AM   #21
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So if (when) I come to Riga, and I speak some Russian, I will be fine, then; how widely spoken is english?

Plus, what's the weather like around February time?
English is widely spoken between young people, I think between many middle age people too.
In February, as I told, it's like in almost all winter - grey slush with temperatures around 0 till +5. However, sometimes we have some coldness waves in winter as well, and most often they comes either in January or February.
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Old October 19th, 2009, 12:15 AM   #22
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awesome city! I will move there onetime. when were these buildings renovated and what was the demographic situation in riga before WWI?
Interestingly, before WW1 Latvians in Riga were about in the same percentage as now, back then there were many Germans, Jews. In 30ies Latvians made up already some 65 % of Riga population, Russians then were only 9 %. In 1989 - the peak point of Riga's population in history (909 000), there were 47,3 % Russians and only 36,5 % Latvians.

Buildings were renovated in the last 10-15 years mostly, because in Soviet times noone paid attention to them.
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Old October 19th, 2009, 12:46 AM   #23
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Old October 19th, 2009, 01:07 AM   #24
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Very nice photos!
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Old October 19th, 2009, 01:41 AM   #25
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Thanks! Here comes the next bunch of pictures.

We are going now a bit away from Alberta street, but not far - just some 200 metres farther there are Elizabetes/Antonijas street crossing where you can find another architecture masterpieces.

Elizabetes street 10b
is a building which Eisenstein mostly copied from German architects' designs which were published in some book, printed in St Petersburg. However, Eisenstein added his own ideas to them and was able to realize it in life. This is how it looks in the result:







Those 2 faces are one of the most popular symbol of Riga's Art Nouveau:



The building was restored in 2000. Entrance doors:



Right next to it stands another landmark - Elizabetes street 10a (both buildings were built in 1903):



This brown-coloured beauty is cooperational work of Pēkšēns and Eisenstein - at first, Pēkšēns elaborated an eclecticism project but then Eisenstein came and, already in the process of construction, added his beloved Art Nouveau motifs and elements all over the facade







On the opposite side of the street, there stands Elizabetes street 33 - the first Eisenstein's experiment with Art Nouveau ornaments. It's built in 1901 and is an outstanding Eclecticism orchestra with elements of Renaissance, Baroque, Classicism and Romanesque.







Views from Elizabetes street:





To be continued...
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Old October 19th, 2009, 10:09 AM   #26
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I've found the Art Nouveau district in Riga gorgeous. An absolute must-see in Europe!
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Old October 19th, 2009, 05:16 PM   #27
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Just gorgeous facades! I really love the intricacy and attention to detail; plus the city looks really clean.

Are the buildings above offices, shops, hotels, or ... ?
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Old October 19th, 2009, 08:52 PM   #28
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Just gorgeous facades! I really love the intricacy and attention to detail; plus the city looks really clean.

Are the buildings above offices, shops, hotels, or ... ?
Embassies, luxurious appartments, prestigious schools
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Embassies, luxurious appartments, prestigious schools
My embassy is in this stunning building:
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...Alberta street 13 - another one building by Mr. Eizensteins, one of his most experimental buildings, where the architect/engineer in decorative Art Nouveau style experimented not only with various architectural influences, but also with construction materials and elements.



It's built in 1904 and now houses Belgium embassy as well as Riga Graduate School of Law.

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Old October 19th, 2009, 11:10 PM   #30
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^WOW @ Belgian Embassy.
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Old July 8th, 2010, 11:15 AM   #31
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Классная работа!!!
Из "старой Риги" Югендстиль выстави, там тоже много Шика! Ну и "строгие" (в северном стиле) здания, есть очень интересные!!!
Ту мани сапрот? Мне просто тяжело печатать на Латышском а Английския я почти не знаю.
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One word - AMAZING :O
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wow, dormant thread....really beautiful photos...
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Old January 31st, 2012, 04:57 AM   #34
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never thought that this city has these great architectural designs.
absolutely a gem.
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