Рижский русский театр им. Чехова (Riga Russian Theatre) aka Russian dramatic theater was opened in 1882 and it is the second oldest theater in Riga after Opera. Recently the theater was renovated and now it hosts again many art performances, mostly of Russian origin.
Aptieka 1 is the largest pharmacy chain in Riga and in Latvia. This particular drug store is located in a interesting eclectic building in Sarkandaudava. Could anybody tell what does the letters АФ on the top mean? Thanks :)
Embassy of Moldova is located on Zigfrīda Annas Meierovica bulvāris 14. Moldova is one of the former Soviet Republics, which also gained independence together with Latvia in 1991, hence there were always warm relationship between our two countries. Nowadays Moldova experiences political, territorial instability and it maybe the reason why Moldova is the most poorest country in Europe.
Valkas iela is technically located in Center area next to Washington Square and Triumphal Arch. Most of the people consider this quiet area to be Andrejsala or Petersala. In fact there is nothing special about this street except its name. Valkas street is named after city of Valka or Valga, which is split by two countries Latvia and Estonia.
Rīgas Valsts 2. ģimnāzija (State Gymnasium No. 2 of Riga) is located on Krisjana Valdemara iela. The school resides in this eclectic building since it was built in 1879. School's alumni are many famous Latvians including first president of Latvia Janis Cakste.
Rīgas Valsts 1. ģimnāzija (State Gymnasium No. 1 of Riga) is the oldest school in Latvia and one of the oldest schools in the world, which is still operating. First record of existence is dated by 1211. During times the school was famous under many names, teaching in several languages and located in different places. Originally it was located next to Riga Dome and moved to current building in 1874. Nowadays it is the most prestigious educational institution among Latvian and Russian schools in Riga. Yesterday, on September 1, was the official opening of academic year aka The Knowledge Day and today is the first lessons day of new academic year.
Rīgas baptistu Vīlandes draudze (Vilande Baptist Church) is a Christian Church located in area called Quiet Center. The Church was built in 1887. The first public liturgy has took a place next year, in 1888. During the Soviet times this building was home for both Baptists and Adventists, which I guess had affected Vilande Church's regulations. Despite Vilande Church is currently affiliated with the Latvian Baptist Churches, it has notably distinct way of thinking if we compare it to St. Matthew Baptist Church.
Vārpa was one of the Riga breweries located at Maskavas iela. It was operating since 1898 till 2003 when brewery went bankruptcy because of strong competition. Nowadays this building is abandoned and standing empty.
Pavilions of Central Market is remarkable sight of Riga since the market grand opening in 1930. The famous urban legend says that these pavilions were used as hangars for dirigibles before. In fact they were built using reinforcing steel, which were only designed for hangars, but never used so. Nowadays Riga Market is the biggest in Europe and has been declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the picture are 2 of 5 market's hangars - vegetable and fish pavilion.
Храм Преображения Господня or Kristus apskaidrošanas pareizticīgo baznīca (Orthodox Church of Transfiguration) is located on the border between Sarkandaugava and Mezaparks neighbourhoods.
Church of Transfiguration was built in 1890 in the place of former multi-religious church for Catholics (moved to King's Church in 1942), Lutherans (moved to Trinity church) and Orthodox (stayed here).
Rīgas Mateja baptistu baznīca (Riga St. Matthew Baptist Church) is one of 83 Baptist churches in Latvia. Baptist movement is a relatively old branch from Anglican Church. Interesting fact is that Baptists churches are very autonomous and decentralized, hence they differ widely from one another in what they believe. The only common custom for all baptists is that believer get baptized only in adult age and because of its own will. The building itself was built in 1902 on Matthew street in neo-romanticism architecture style.
Latvijas Valsts vēstures arhīvs (Latvian State Historical Archives) is located in a massive building at intersection of Slokas street and Kalnciema street since 1930. The building itself was built in 1908 as city pawnshop, hence it has such a huge size.
Phoenix (also known as Fenix, Fenikss or Феникс) was the original name of RVR, the largest machine-building plant in Latvia. The factory produced electric and diesel trains, tramcars and even tanks. The first tank in the world has been assembled and tested just behind this building in 1915. The main office building is in the eclectic style and was built on Alexander Blvd in 1895. Nowadays it is the main office of Elkor company.
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