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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Daugavpils Airport


Currently the airport of Daugavpils is a simple abandoned Soviet airfield 12 km from the 2nd largest city in Latvia.
According to official information the Daugavpils airport opening is scheduled to 2013.

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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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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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Liepāja ship


Recently renovated touristic ship Liepāja is one of 3 Soviet river boats in Riga. Other two are Vecrīga and Jūrmala.

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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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Garages


One of the Soviet dreams was to become an owner of a garage in such cooperative.
There is a good movie Garage filmed about such dream :)

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IL-28 at Skulte


The monument of Ilyushin Il-28 military aircraft is located in a small village Skulte, 100 meters next to RIX.
Skulte was a closed military area before 1993, which was home for 27th division of Soviet Air Defence Forces.
People living in this area were also serving the Anti-Aircraft base in Marupe.

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Ščecina


Ščecina or Szczecin is the name of shopping mall and restaratunt built in Soviet times in Kengarags.
It was very common to name public places after cities of frienly countries.
See also Minska.

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Irbene Locator


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.

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Pļavnieki

Plavnieki
Pļavnieki (Fields) is the most densely populated neighbourhood in Riga. The territory of future Plavnieki was incorporated into Riga in 1974, and formed its South-East city border.
Nowadays around 50,000 people call this ultra-Soviet area as their home.

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Former Dormitory

Former Dormitory
Former dormitory on Kliversala is a huge building of Stalin epoch, but it is abandoned since circa 2000.

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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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Imanta Center

Imanta Center
Imanta Community Center is the official home of cultural life in Imanta neighbourhood, if such does exist :)
It is exhibition center, concert hall and the cinema at the same time.

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24th School

24 School
Russian Secondary School #24 was opened in 1987 on Caka iela, just next to Riga monastery.
Unfrotunately I couldn't find anything special or interesting about this school, except basic data like...
Official name is Рижская основная школа №24 in Russian or Rīgas 24. pamatskola in Latvian.

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TSI

TSI
Transporta un sakaru institūts (Transport and Telecommunication Institute) is one of few Riga universities with the name. It is located on Lomonosova street in Maskavas Forstate.
TSI was established in 1999 and it is based on the former University of Aviation (RAU)

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Gray Tunnel

Gray Tunnel
Recent years all the Riga media talks and writes so much about ugly Soviet architecture in city and that it all must be refurbished or demolished at all. And what we see?
A newest pedestrian tunnel under crossroads of 13 Janavara and Gogola iela, which was built in late 2009.

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Kremlin Wall

Kremlin Wall
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.

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EHR & LNT

EHR & LNT
This modern Soviet Building is the headquarter of two extremely popular Latvian media channels European Hits Radio and Latvijas Neatkarīga Televīzija (Latvian iNdependent Television)
The building itself is built in 1986 on Elijas iela 17, Maskachka in Soviet Avant-garde architecture style.

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Morkovka

Morkovka
Morkovka (carrot) is colloquial name for shopping center located on the crossroads of Ilukstes & Deglava streets.
It was built in the end of 1980s and painted in absolutely irregular color for Soviet times - the orange one.
Nowadays the whole area around this building is called Morkovka, although it is not so orange as before.
Morkovka is also kind of nightlife center. Some main residents of the building are Enigma nightclub, Fortuna casino and Deli cafe.

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