Temporary Riga photos are being published not in a regular manner due to blog author has moved to Vilnius.

Aldaris Brewery


Aldaris brewery has been operating since 1865, initially known as Waldschlößchen.
See also photo of Varpa Brewery, which once was a part of Aldaris union.

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Russian Theater

Russian Theater
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.

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Avotu - Lāčplēša


A nice eclectic building is located on the crossroads of Avotu and Lāčplēša streets.
It was built in 1898 as apartment house with stores on the ground floor.

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Another McDonald's

Another McDonalds
McDonald's restaurants quickly become points of reference in any city of the world.
This restaurant is located on the one of the busiest crossroads in Riga - Merkela and Marijas.
The building itself was built in 1896 as an apartment house and nowadays is hostel Balthostel.

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Aptieka 1

Aptieka1
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 :)

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Embassy of Moldova

Embassy of Moldova
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.

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Valkas iela

Valkas iela
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.

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3 Country Embassy

3 Country Embassy
3 embassies of Spain, Uzbekistan and Greece are located in the same building on 11 Elizabetes street

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2. Gimnazija

2. Gimnazija
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.

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1. ģimnāzija

1. Gimnazija
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.

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Amsterdam Style


This unique for Riga building is located on Pulkveza Brieza street, next to Elizabetes street.
It always reminds me Amsterdam because of red brick and gabled roof.

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Vilande Baptist Church

Vilande Baptist Church
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.

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Pleskodāle Mansion

Pleskodale Mansion
A forgotten and abandoned mansion next to Panorama Plaza at Pleskodāle neighbourhood.

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Vārpa

Varpa
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.

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VEF Banka

VEF Bank
VEF Bank is one of 21 participants in Latvian banking system.
I have never heard anything about VEF Bank. I don't know anybody who has bank account there, hence I can't say anything about it.

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Hangars


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.

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Transfiguration Church

Transfiguration Church
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).

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Mateja baznīca

Mateja baznica
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.

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Archives

Latvian Archive
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.

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Phoenix

Main office of Phoenix
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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