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

RER Factory


Riga Electric Machine Building Works was organized in 1946 at the base of former Russian-French enterprise Provodnik, which was established in 1888 and was one of the major factories in Russian Empire.
The factory produces equipment for electrical trains and light railways.
Currently it is a workplace for more than a thousand employee.

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RT-32


I came to ghost town Irbene to make a better photo of Radiotelescope RT-32, but again I was unlucky
The antenna's site was closed, therefore I could take a photo only from remote road, which is not so good again.
Photo was taken on my way to Neringa between Kolka and Road to Ventspils.

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Tower Building


The building of new Sea Monitoring Tower in Apšuciems, which is located at Kuplā priede camping site.
Check the previous stop in my seaside route Ragaciems and Engure Harbor.

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HES


Rīgas HES or Hidroelektrostacija (Hydroelectric Power Plant) was built in 1974 on Daugava river next to city border. Its dam holds a large amount of water behind it.
The plant serves also as bridge and connects Kekava town to Dole island, Zirnu island and Salaspils town.

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Latvijas Finieris


1st of May is International Day of Labor, therefore I would like to focus on some of the Latvian TOP 50 companies.
Latvijas Finieris (Latvian Plywood) provides job for more than 1500 workers, which is big number for Riga.
The factory was founded in 1873 as Latvijas Bērzs. It was producing wood materials for schools and households.

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0.999


One of popular topics in Latvia is that gasoline price is constantly growing and now it almost reached 1 LVL per 1l.
Because of such number, Statoil price looks like discounted, but it is not :)

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Cranes


Nothing is so interesting to watch as other people work :) Cranes in Riga Coal Port are working 24/7

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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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Between Tanks

Between Tanks
Latvia highly depends economically on through transit of gas and oil from Russia further to Western World.
Tank cars were photographed next to Jugla station.

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Water Purification

Water Purification
One of the most stinking places in Riga is Daugavgriva Water Purification Plant, which was opened in late 1985.
Picture was taken flying over outdoor sedimentation tanks, which operate even when air temperature is much lower than zero.

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RTU Department of Chemistry

RTU Department of Chemistry
Materiālzinātnes un lietišķās ķīmijas fakultāte (Faculty of Materials Science and Applied Chemistry) is a department of Riga Technical University, the second largest university in Riga and Latvia.
Since being formed in 1862, the chemistry faculty was part of different education institutions like Riga Polytechnic Institute and then part of Latvian University. In 1990 it became part of RTU.
The Rigan Wilhelm Ostwald, the Nobel prize winner, used to work in this faculty 1880s.
The building itself was built in the middle of 1970s.

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RVR Inside

RVR Inside
Dramatic inside view of premises of the former RVR factory, which used to produce a elektrichkas and carriages for the whole Soviet union.

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Regular Graffiti - Monthly Theme


Another Monthly Theme came and this time the topic is Graffiti. Again.
I couldn't find quickly any really good graffiti in Riga, so I decide to put the bad one :)
This type of graffiti is quite regular for Riga blocks, tunnels and industrial areas. This electric box is located inside of the former Phoenix factory territory.
Check previous Graffiti Theme Photo or click here to view thumbnails for all participants.

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Diesel Factory


Riga Diesel Engine Factory was founded in 1949 and located in the most industrial area called Sarkandaugava.
The central office building was built in 1985 and represents another master piece of Soviet Architecture.

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Siemens

Siemens
Siemens office and the brick water tower next to one of the parking lots in Riga Airport.
The biggest invention of Siemens was the telegraph and in the mid of 19th century Werner von Siemens got an order from Petersburg to commute cities around Russian Empire. It was the first international order of Siemens.
Riga was one of the first cities which got direct telegraph line with Saint Petersburg thankfully to Siemens.

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Chandelier

Chandelier
A couple months ago, when I discovered that Stone Bridge has lost its massive chandeliers, I thought that Riga mayor will replace them to some more modern lamps. Although chandeliers were just polished before City Festival, which will be held upcoming weekend.

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Growing Tower

Growing Tower
A water tower located between Ilguciems and Imanta neighborhoods has fertile land on the roof.
Have you ever seen trees growing on tower's roof? :)

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Salamandra

Salamandra
In the past Salamandra club was the famous Drum and Bass and other electronic music nightclub in Riga.
Salamandra was opened in 2003 in the former industrial area. Since 2008 the club is relegated to oblivion.
Many electronic music artists like Future Prophecies, Pendulum and Raiden were guests DJs in Salamandra during these 5 years. I must admit that Salamandra also had reputation of the place for drug abused people.

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Saurieši Lake

Sauriesi Lake
Three lakes located in Saurieši are former quarry pits, which were used for the extraction of clay.
A Knauf factory, the the biggest consumer of extract, is also located next to this former clay pit.
In summer Sauriešu karjers (Saurieši Querry) is a famous resort because of very clean water. It is also favourite place of Latvian Scuba divers.

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House-Building Combine

House-Building Combine
Ēku celtniecības kombināts (House-Building Combine) was built in 80s in the place of old shipyard in Ilgucimes.
Typical Soviet architecture style of this office building is very similar to another Soviet masterpiece Press House.

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