Kremlin Wall is quite narrow-famous sight in Riga and is located in Purvciems neighbourhood. This apartment building was built in 1980s for Soviet politicians, which used to work in Latvian Communist Party. The house itself is similar to red-brick wall and towers of Kremlin, which is located in Moscow and is the main government building of Russia during its whole history.
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.
These color buildings are located just next to gray soviet buildings, which were presented yesterday. New real estate in Riga is often painted in challenging, and sometimes even ridiculous colors, e.g. Kugu iela 26.
This picture is taken in Purvciems 2 neighbourhood. Actually there is no any difference with Purvciems 3, Zepniekkalns 4 or Imanta 5. Everything is gray, similar, modest and depressing. Riga has inherited these buildings from Soviet past, which are typical for any city within Eastern Bloc.
Minska (Minsk) is a shopping mall in Purvciems built in 1980s. Along with Mebelu Nams it was the most notable place in this area during Soviet and early post soviet time. In Soviet Union it was popular to name shopping centers after Soviet and other Eastern bloc cities. e.g. In Moscow is popular shop called Budapest, in Minsk is Frunze and so on.. Do you know any others combinations? :)
The building of Holy Trinity Church looks so modern, so I thought it is a residence of some new movement sect. For a wonder it is Roman Catholic Church, the same as the Virgin of Anguish Church in Old Town. Interesting fact is that almost a half of Riga population practise christianity, however despite 128 Riga religious institutions, only 3% of Rigans regularly attend services.
Franču projekts in Latvian or французский проект in Russian (literally French Project in English) is a nickname for a couple of 18-floor buildings, which were built in the middle of 1980s in Purvciems area on Madonas street. Basically there is nothing French except formwork, which was ordered in France. Relatively new construction method of making monolith structure by pouring concrete into moulds gave such name to these apartment buildings.
Residence building located at Dzelzavas street 70 has long and dramatic history. Started to be built in very late 80s, then just after Soviet Union collapse, in 1993, the construction got frozen for 11 years. In 2004 the building was finally built without planned 2 floors. Now it is quite prestigious place to live in.
During Soviet times Volga was the most prestigious car which only very rich people could afford to buy. Also only Volga was used as a taxi car in every Soviet town. I wonder how this one survived for 20 years.
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