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

Pāvilosta Panorama

Pāvilosta is a small coastline town in Kurzeme, which can visited on the way between Ventspils and Liepaja.
Please use scrollbar above to see the whole panoramic photo of beach, river Saka and port.

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Mērsrags


The harbour in a small fisherman town Mērsrags, which is located on the coast of Riga's gulf.
This is an experiment work created by stitching many small photos by Hugin software into single panoramic photo.
Check for previous stop in Engure or continue to Rojas mols

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Mazā Daugava


Mazā Daugava as seen from Kayak and Canoe sport base Rīdzene towards sunset at North-West.

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Northern Corridor

Northern Corridor
This creative picture was found on Riga's future development website, and I couldn't resist not to publish it, because this futuristic view of Riga is so intriguing! :)
I hope Latvijas Tilti will do their job fast and without scandals like it did happen with Sothern Bridge.

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Zigmars' Panorama

Zigmars Panorama
I couldn't wait for the next winter to publish this winter panoramic view of Riga.
Panorama's photos were taken and stitched by my colleague Zigmars.

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Grayscale Aerial

Grayscale Aerial
You wouldn't believe but this photo was taken in color mode a few days ago :)
For me it looks more like it was taken right after Second World War by a fighter pilot flying over Riga :)

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Night Vecrīga


Winter Vecrīga in Night.
Riga's Old Town is UNESCO World Heritage site, including Peter's Tower Church.

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Piparkūkas City

Piparkukas City
Piparkūkas is a traditional Latvian cookies, which are sweet and spicy at the same time.
In Gallery Riga shopping center you can find the model of Riga City made of piparkukas.

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Grīziņkalns area

Grizinkalns area
Grīziņkalns is the name of one of the official Riga apkaimes aka neighbourhoods, which is located between Zemitani Station, Avotu iela, Artilerijas iela and Brivibas iela. It's became part of Riga in 1786.
On the picture you can see Caka iela, School #24 and Orthodox Cathedral of Holy Trinity.

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Winter Sunset

Winter Sunset
Winter sunset as it is from VEF Tower.
Check the same summer panoramic view.

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Center Roofs

Center Roofs
Center buildings roofs as they are during autumn sunset. Check similar photo in the winter morning.

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Dammes iela

Dammes iela
Dammes iela (formerly Sergeja Ļuļina iela) is one of the main streets in Imanta neighbourhood.
The street was open in Soviet times and initially named after Soviet hero, the aviator Sergey Lulin.

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Purvciems

Purvciems
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.

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Towards Petersburg

Towards Petersburg
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.

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Interview

Interview
Running blog Riga Photos for almost 3 years I didn't make any money, but I have met a lot of interesting people :)
Recently I was invited by some Baltic Japan magazine for interview, which was held this week in panoramic bar.
The main discussion topic with Uldis (pictured) were my Riga Daily Photos and the reasons of taking them :)

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Canon

Canon
I must say thanks to all of you, my visitors. And say special thanks to the following guys:
  • Angela from Australia
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  • Juan from Spain
  • Kim from Scotland
  • Martine from France
  • A C Johnson from England
  • Raffaele from Italy
  • Line from Denmark
  • Roman from North Carolina
  • Andreas from Germany (the largest contribution)
  • Petteri from Finland

These fellas helped me to buy Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS aka IXUS 300HS, which is the best pocket camera in the world at the moment. Unfortunately it is the most expensive as well :)
In any case your donations were the best feedback for my 3 years long project Riga Photos!

Psst.. you are always very welcome to drop some coins and your help is very appreciated. Please donate :)

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Esplanāde

Esplanade
Esplanāde is one of the Central Parks in Riga, which is located between Brivibas, Elizabetes, Valdemara and Kalpaka street.
This park is one of the oldest in Riga and has very rich history. Many monuments (Rainis, Kalpaks) and historical buildings like Orthodox Cathedral, Art Museum and Art Academy are located within park borders.

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Last Weekend

Last Weekend
A bit depressing feeling because of the last weekend of Summer 2010 is about to finish.
No more swimming in sea, short nights, First club, yachting and other stuff which is possible only in summer.
The photo of Riga TV Tower was taken from South Bridge.

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Brīvības bulvāris

Brivibas bulvaris
Brīvības bulvāris (Freedom boulevard) is part of the most important and busiest street in Riga - Brivibas.

All parts of Brivibas iela, from the center outwards city: Kalku iela, Brivibas iela, Brivibas bulvaris, Brivibas gatve.

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Sunset and Sunrise in Imanta

Sunset Sunrise Imanta
The shortest night in Riga is on 23/24 of June, which lasts about 4 hours only. And by the middle of June there is almost no darkness anymore.
These two photos were taken at yesterday evening at 22:00 and today at 5:00 in the morning on Anniņmuižas bulvāris, which is one of the most urbanized streets in Riga.

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Panorama Plaza

Panorama Plaza
Panorama Plaza I, II, not finished III and the shopping mall is an elite real estate project in Riga.
The 1st tower was built in 2006 and it is 99 meters (325 feet) tall.
The 2nd tower is 114 meters tall. It became the tallest apartment building in Latvia when it was finished in 2008.
The 3rd tower construction is on hold now because of the credit crunch. It is planned to continue erection in 2015.

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Krasta masīvs

Krasta Masivs
Krasta masīvs (Krasta Area) is a district around Krasta street, in fact part of Maskavas Forstate.
A lot of Soviet apartment buildings, shopping malls are located here.

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Brīvības gatve

Brivibas gatve
Brīvības gatve (Freedom Highroad) is the continuation of Brivibas street, which starts at Sport's Academy, runs along Smerla forest, Jugla neighborhood and terminates at Riga's border towards Sigulda town.
Before Riga's borders extension in 1935, this road was part of Vidzemes šoseja heading towards Valmiera.

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Bridge in Smog

Bridge in Smog
It is another nice photo taken from Swedbank office during Riga Smog in the end of January.
On the photo it is clearly visible that smog was at level of 50 meters, basically the middle of Shroud Bridge

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Winter Panorama

Winter Riga panorama
About one and a half year ago I have already took a picture of panoramic view from VEF Tower.
In fact, there are no changes in Riga since then, I mean no new buildings were built, so the photo is almost the same, just a little bit more wider.
Horizon line from leftmost Science Academy till rightmost Rietumu Banka building is about 2.5 km (1.6 mi)

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Smog

Smog in Riga
A smog layer over Riga was caused by very low temperature and windless weather.
This picture has been taken yesterday from Swedbank building 23th floor.
Check also another photo of Smog over Bridge.

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Rainbow street

Soviet building in autumn
All these buildings are located in Purvicems 2 area at Varavīksnes gatve, which literally means Rainbow road.
It sounds especially ironic in early winter :)

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Water Bodies


Panoramic image looking north from observation deck on Radisson Hotel.
From left to right: Sun Stone, Cable bridge, Agriculture Ministry and AB Dam in the middle of two water bodies.

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Šķirotava

Skirotava Station
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

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Riga Nights - Monthly theme

Riga Night
Never forget Riga nights, shining lights
Playing music and dancing so free
You and me making love is like raw ecstasy
Let me be...
(Riga Nights Lyrics)

This is the lyrics from the new überpopular song Riga Nights.
Today is theme day of the city daily photo blogs, and the topic is Night. Click here to view all participants

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Twilight

Riga at twilight
Riga at twilight, or technically at late sunset.
The moon and the sun could be often observed at the same time in Riga.
Interesting, if it is possible to take picture with both of them in the single frame not using special lens.

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Krievu sala

Krievu SalaThe 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.

Guest aerophotographer: leegenda
Take similar pictures during Riga airplane tours

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Akmens Tilts

Akmens tilts
Akmens tilts (Stone Bridge) is full of cars during rush hour. This is the only Riga bridge where runs Tramway traffic
The Bridge was built in the place of old wooden bridge in 1953, which was called Zemgalu tilts.
The spike in the middle is the tallest church in Riga Pētera baznīca.

See also other pictures of Akmens Tilts in the night, during Christmas and during Staro Riga event.

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Pētersala

Petersala
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

Guest aerophotographer: leegenda.
Take the same photos - Riga trip by airplane

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Midsummer Night

Midsummer night in Riga
Tonight is the Midsummer night, which locally called as Ligo or Jani in Latvia.
Midsummer is remarkable because it has the shortest night in a year, which lasts for about 4 hours only.
Due Riga high latitude, there is no absolutely black nights during the middle of the summer.
This picture is taken towards North pole at 1:30 o'clock in the night

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AB Dambis

AB Dambis
AB Dambis (AB Bank) was built to separate Daugava river from dockyard more than 100 years ago.
It is a narrow 550 meters long strip, which is used as walking or running place nowadays.
Most of Riga Russians called this building as Коса (Kosa / spit)

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Pano

Panorama of Riga
Beautiful Riga during sunset.
Photo taken from embankment in front of Kugu iela 26, Old town is behind A-B Dambis.

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Zemkopības ministrija

Latvijas Zemkopibas ministrija
Zemkopības ministrija (Ministry of Agriculture) building built in 1976.
The height is 92 meters, which makes it 6th tallest building in Riga.

Top Riga tallest buildings
  1. Swedbank Central Office - 121m
  2. Panorama Plaza - 2 buildings 114 and 99 meters
  3. Academy of Science - 108m
  4. Reval Hotel Latvia - 95m
  5. Ministry of Agriculture - 95m
  6. Latvian TV Center - 89m
  7. Astra Lux - 81m
  8. Solaris - 2 buildings both are 78 m
  9. House of Press - 77 meters
  10. Skanstes Virsotnes - 2 buildings both are 76 m
  11. Rietumu Capital Centre - 70 meters

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Zaķusala

Riga Zakusala island overview
Zaķusala (Hare Island) is the land strip washed by Daugava river in the middle of Riga.
In the past Zakusala island was split into two smaller islands, which both were densely populated. Here were a lot living houses, shops, warehouses and even an hotel.
Nowadays Zakusala is home for Radio and TV facilities like TV Tower and TV Center (at the background).
The name of the island comes from population of hares which can be found here. By the way, foxes can be found as well :)

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Right side

East side of Riga
Early spring panorama of Eastern part of the city.
Photo has been taken from Riga TV Tower observation deck.

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Lower Center

Lower Center
There is no such term as Riga Lower Center, but I guess it is quite good nickname for the area between Caka iela and Railway line Riga - Saulkrasti.
Geographically this area is in the center of Riga, but
  • Real estate prices here are much lower, than is other center parts of Riga
  • Buildings here are quite low, not higher than 5-6 storeys
  • The area is populated mostly by lower class

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Maskavas Forštate

Maskavas forstate
Maskavas forštate is one of the biggest areas in Riga covering several neighborhoods under one name.
Soviet Kengarags is in the far end. And poor Maskachka is at the foreground of this panorama taken from Science academy

Newly built Daugava South Bridge and TV Tower can be seen at the background right corner.

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Early Spring in Vecriga

Early spring is coming to Riga
Daugava, the main river in Riga, got released from the ice, so the spring 2009 is officially came!
By the way, Meteorologists generally define the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere as March 21.

Photo has been taken from Peter's Church and favours go to Miriam@Reznas.

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Blue Bridge

Riga railway bridge
Railway Bridge over frozen Daugava river.
Skyscrapers buildings of Panorama Plaza at the background are disturbing Pardaugava's flat panorama.
By the way, this view was used in the movie Escape from City 17, the creation of movie was inspired by Half-Life game.
Guest Photographer: Vlad

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From Dzegužkalns

view from Dzeuguzkalns hill
Winter panorama spreading from the highest natural point in Riga - Dzegužkalns hill.

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Dark Sky

Riga is covered by heavy skies
Heavy sky covered Riga before sun went down. Iron blanket could be the name for this photo as well :)
This dramatic picture is a good antonym for clean sky photo.

Guest photo maker is Stokijs.

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Indigo River

Winter night over Zakusala
A perfect example of winter night in city and its colors, like blue and violet.
Indigo is a color, placed exactly in the middle of blue and violet on the electromagnetic spectrum.
TV Tower and TV Center are high spots of this picture.

Guest photographer: Vlad

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South Vecriga


View of South part of Old Town.
Three church spikes from left to right belong to:
Riga Dom Cathedral
St John's Church
St Peter's Church

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Sigulda Bridge


During the autumn, Sigulda town become national wide sight in Latvia.
Due many water bodies and hilly country Sigulda is often called as Latvian Switzerland :)

Photographer of Sigulda bridge over Gauja river is katycat

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Riga Skyscrapers


View from VEF Tower towards Riga center. Almost all tall buildings in Riga can be seen from this point.
Check also retaken and expanded this panoramic view in winter.

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