This condominium is the last real estate project started in Soviet Union and eventually finished just right after USSR's collapse. At the moment of completion here were located the most expensive apartments in Riga outside of Old Town. Thick brick walls, panoramic views, great location, all these are the features of condo located on Anninmuizas bulvaris 28.
Purvciems (Marsh Ville) aka Purchik is the most populous neighborhood in Riga. 62,000 people live in Purvciems, which became part of Riga only in 1935. Although sovietization began in early 1970s. Minsk and Mebelu Nams are the best known reference points in Purvciems. Picture has been taken during Airplane Tour over Riga.
The highest density of sport venues in Riga is in Mezaparks area, next to Kisezers lake, although most of them are just training fields with no places for spectators. I guess on this picture I can count more than 20 playing fields for football, tennis, etc.
Two perfectly straight lines going down beyond the horizon are Brivibas gatve aka road to Saint Petersburg and the railway of the same direction. Photo has been taken during Air Tour with Jonathan and James.
NASA satellite photo of winter in Latvia and neighbour countries Estonia, Russia, Belarus, Lithuania, Sweden. A short ice free strip in the gulf of Riga is made in order to make possible ferry traffic. Psst, Riga is in the very center :)
Šķirotava (Classification yard) is a freight train station found at Kengarags, used to separate railroad cars on to one of several tracks. An areal photo of huge industrial facility was found at Central Station photo exhibition. Latvian Railway celebrates 90 years anniversary this year. See such views on your own during Riga aircraft tours
The part of Riga, where Daugava river flows into Baltic Sea, is heavily industrialized by ship yards, silos and warehouses. One of such neighborhoods is called Voleri. The Southern part of Voleri, the peninsula Krievu Sala (Russian Island) is depicted on this picture.
Pētersala (Peter's Island) is one of the neighborhoods adjoining with Riga Center, making it quite prestigious to live in. The name is in honor of the Tsar Peter the Great, who expanded the city in 18th century including this territories. In the past this area was full of small rivers and canals, but in the 19 century all of them were dried. Petersala together with Andrejsala are forming one of the 59 Riga subdivisions
One of the oldest living areas situated on Riga West Side is Iļģuciems Iļģuciems takes its name from the Old German Hilgen geest have (Farmstead of the Holy Spirit) That was the name of the local village and surroundings since 15 century. Iļģuciems was joined to Riga in 1785, after big Riga expanding towards the West. The major street is Daugavgrivas street and Dzirciema street, which run parallel across the whole Iļģuciems. This photo was taken from small airplane over Lilijas iela (Lily street)
Zolitūde (from French Solitude) aka Zolik is Soviet type neighbourhood on the Riga West Side. Formerly was planned as an extension of adjacent Imanta suburb, with the code name Imanta 6, after Imanta 5. As many other Soviet style areas, Zolik was specially designed to resist a nuclear blast during threatening atomic warfare. This is why all buildings placed in special order to protect themselves. Try yourself Riga sightseeing trip by plane
Ziepniekkalns (Soap Maker's Hill) or simply Zepchik how it is called among Russian-speaking Rigans, is one of the latest neighborhoods in Riga built up in early 1990s. Like Purvciems on the east, Zepchik is forming Riga border, but southwest. And both of them look like typical Soviet suburbs. Typical streets with typical houses where are identical quite cheap flats. But soon prices here will go up a bit, due the building of South Bridge, which will connect Ziepniekkalns to East Bank.
Would you like to see whole Zepniekkalns with your own eyes? Apply for Riga Sky tour.
Do you remember recent post Winter Road to Jūrmala?
Almost the same photo but with railway from to Jūrmala.
Railway looks more inspiring. Straight lines, far perspective :)
Updated: check similar view of the Road from Riga to Jurmala, but 5 years later.
Jurmala (Jūrmala means seaside in Latvian) is Riga satellite town and summer resort area. This is main road from Riga to Jūrmala named as Kārļa Ulmaņa gatve. Photo was taken in winter time, when my plane was coming in the land, Riga Airport :)
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