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

Destroying Police


Today I was driving through Kliversala area and noticed that the old Tsar-style police department is being demolished...
It was the very first PD in Riga on the right coast of Daugava river.
I was hoping this eclectic building will be given a second chance to like museum or something else, but it is not.

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Rīgas bērnu dzelzceļš


Rīgas bērnu dzelzceļš (Riga Children's railway) was opened in 1956 in Mežaparks forest. It was used mainly by young railway students for education purposes, as well as attraction for children.
In 1997 the railway was closed and few years later disasembled.
See how Komjauniešu station on Children's railway was looking in 1980s:


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Abandoned Cafe


An abandoned cafe just few meters from beach of Baltic Sea can be found in Jaunķemeri.
This is the second photostop in my coast trip to Nida. Previous was Priedaine. Next is Ragaciems.

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Ski Jumping Hill


There is no ski jumping sport in Latvia, at least because there is no any built ski flying hill.
Although in the mid of 1970 there was a project to built a Ski Jumping Hill in Valmiera, but it has never finished.

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Zirņu sala


Zirņu sala (Pea Island) is located in Salaspils county, next to Riga Hydroelectric Power Plant and Darzini area.
It is infamous construction site of a little town, which has started in late 2000s, but never been finished.
Today it is an uninhabited zone with illuminated streets and even some built houses just next to Riga's border.
Photo of ghost town was taken by guest photographer Viktores.

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Cesis Castle


Ruins of Castle in Cēsis city (80km (50mi) north-eastward from Riga) is one of the most interesting Latvia's sights.
Originally wooden castle was built in 1209, then several times rebuilt and expanded. Nowadays ruins is what is left since Swedish rule in 17 century. Since 1949 a park and The Cesis history museum are located here.

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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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Pleskodāle Mansion

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

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Avotu Yard

Yard on Avotu iela
A typical yard on Avotu iela, the most poor and criminal street within Riga Center borders.

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Old Warehouses

Old Warehouses
There are a lot of old warehouses around Central Market.
Some of them were rebuilt and still are being in use, some of them became night clubs or even art galleries.
But some structures were never renovated and nowadays look like ruins of Ancient Rome.

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Убежище

Ubezhisje
Убежище (shelter) built in Dünamünde fortress.
The shelter was designed to protect military personnel against enemy attacks from the air. In fact it is almost invisible from the areal view.

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Old Hotel

Ruins of Old Hotel in Jurmala
Formerly this building was a gorgeous hotel in Jurmala. After the big fire in late 90s, hotel has been left untouched.
Nice rooms with view towards Baltic Sea, beautiful outskirts, just 50 meters to the sea.

By the way, do not forget to send greetings to your mother. Today is the Mother's Day in Latvia :)

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Town Wall

Riga wall reimans
Riga had town wall almost since it was founded. Nowadays only two pieces of that wall are still remained.
One of them is located between Marstalu and Minsterejas streets, just next to November 11 embankment.
The building of town wall was the business of every Riga citizen. Each person living in medieval Riga had to help built the wall. It was like a hut tax.

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Synagogue Ruins

Old Synagogue Ruins in Riga
Riga Old Synagogue Ruins located between Central Market and Market of Latgale on Gogola street.
Synagogue was burned during Nazi Occupation of Riga in 1941.

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Riga Wall


This ruins can be found just next to Microbuses hive, on Elizabetes street.
Such picture can be observed more than a couple of years and the sickening thing is that wall is being used as public toilet.
It is difficult to pass by, not masking your nose because of terrible stink around this "Riga Wall"
Now this wall transformed into part of a building hotel.

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Maskachka Beginning


One of the most criminal and poorest neighborhoods in Riga is Maskachka.
Maskachka is shortening from Maskavas Forštate (Moscow suburb). It's named like this because of road connecting Riga to Moscow.
Today it is mostly undeveloped area with prewar buildings and narrow cobblestone-covered streets.
Junkies, bums and poor people make here the highest crime rate in Riga.

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Iron Birdge Ruins


This old pier located in Daugava river in Riga.
It is ruins of Iron Bridge blown up by Nazi army during Second World War.
When Nazi army surrendered Riga in 1944, they tried to demolish all stragetic objects in Riga, including all bridges, stations, warehouses, etc.

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