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.
Cape Kolka is extreme geographical point of Latvia and one of Lativan nature monumenets.
It marks the border between Baltic Sea and Riga Gulf, unfortunately every year Cape Kolka is getting smaller and smaller because of being eaten by the Baltic Sea.
Although this huge-size 32-meter diameter antenna is not located in Riga, it is one of remarkable sights in Latvia.
It was built in 1971 in the Westernmost point of USSR to intercept radio waves over Atlantic.
Another, smaller locator (16-meter in diameter) is located several hundreds meters away.
See the photo of RT32 in 2012.
I have to announce that I'm also leaving Riga in two weeks and most probably I will discontinue to publish new photos on daily basis very soon. Therefore I kindly ask you, my visitors, maybe somebody has willingness to take and publish pictures of Riga instead of me? If so, please contact me.
Town Sqaure aka Ratslaukums or Melngalvju laukums is one of the most famous tourist points around Riga. Square is located between 4 buildings - City Hall, Blackheads House, Kungu iela 1 (on the picture) and Occupation museum. In the middle there is the statue of Roland. Under the square is a huge exhibition space, which is called Riga Art Space.
Reflection of water is making an optical illusion of continuous basin depicted on this photo. In fact here are 2 water bodies; a pool next to Swedbank and Daugava river, which flows on different level. This picture is participating in Monthly Theme Day Reflections. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants
Milda is the statue's name on the top of Brīvības piemineklis (Liberty Monument), which is erected on Brivibas bulvaris, in the very center of Riga. The woman is holding three stars symbolizing freedom and three historical regions of Latvia - Kurzeme (including Zemgale), Latgale and Vidzeme. Writing Tēvzemei un Brīvībai means For the Fatherland and the Freedom. The monument is 42 meters high and was built in 1935 in the place of monument to Peter I the Great. This photo is devoted to the Monthly Theme day, which is Statues. On photo there are two statues more at the bottom of monument. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants. BTW, today is International Labour Day and hence official holiday.
Lido Restaurant at Krasta is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Riga. National Latvian cuisine, local own brewing and live music can be found in Lido. It was opened in 1999 and initially was one of the cheapest food place in Riga. Indeed, you could eat as much as you can for 1-2 Lats (3-4 EUR), then times has been changed and Lido became a place with average prices. After the crisis came, Lido was one of the first companies who had reduced their prices, almost in twice.
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.
A view of street called Bīskapa gāte (Bishop gutter) towards Lutheran Cathedral, better known as Riga Dom. The church's tower was built in 1776, at the time when Herder have been working here. The Cathedral tower is 90 meters high and it is one of the most famous Riga sights.
Fridge magnet is a popular souvenir from any destination of the world, including Riga, Latvia I collect fridge magnets as well, just because they are good elements to create the unique vision of the world or kind of geographical atlas in the most visible place at home. So, if are coming to Riga, I kindly ask you to bring some nice magnet for me. In exchange for magnet, I can show you Riga around in the most interesting way. I mean a city tour in real, not just photos :)
Svētā Jēkaba Romas katoļu katedrāle (Saint Jacob Roman Catholic Church) is a Catholic Cathedral of Latvia. In other words this is a church that contains the seat of a bishop. On top of that, this church is one of the main Riga sights and one of the old town landscape towers.
Latvijas Nacionālais teātris (Latvian National Theater) was officially opened in 1902 as second city theater after German theater. Many times National Theater was place of main political events like in 1918 here was declared the independence of Latvia.
Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten (The Bremen Town Musicians) is the name of bronze statue next to St. Peters Church. It is a gift from German city Bremen, the sister city of Riga. The statue depicting donkey, dog, cat, and rooster. Note the mouths that have become shiny. Touching the mouth is said to make wishes come true.
Alberta iela (Albert street) is one of the most famous streets and sights in Riga because of Art Nouveau style buildings. The street itself was named after Bishop Albert from Bremen, the founder of Riga. Each building on the street is unique peace of art, all of them were built in the beginning of 20th century. Since then Alberta iela became the prestigious place to live or have an office.
I guess Black Cats House is one the few Riga sights, which still have not been presented on Riga Daily Photo. The urban legend says that initially Black Cats were installed like they were sh*tting on the Great Guild, the building which is just across the street. Then the guild elders forced owner of this yellow building to turn the cats. Also, here is a famous place called Melnais Kakis.
Dear Anonymous, I have been coming to this house many times during the past month in order to catch better picture and better light, but this is maximum, what I could take with my camera.
Most probably these lovely romantic writings on AB Dambis are devoted to some person living at Kugu iela 26. In the beginning there was only You are my #1, then I can't live without you appeared, and only then banal I love you was written. These lyrics are being updated approximately each 4-6 months. What do you think, who is more able to do such things: a man or a woman? :)
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