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Riga - Gateway to Latvia

  • Down by the river

    The Rīgas Doms (Protestant Cathedral) and Rīgas pils (Riga Castle) are situated close to the Daugava river.

    [View from Saint Peter's Church]

  • Our daily bread

    These old zeppelin hangars contains the central market, each one representing a different food group: meat, fish, dairy, bread and produce. The Riga Radio and TV Tower is clearly visible in the background, being the tallest structure in the Baltic countries and the third tallest in Europe.

    [View from Saint Peter's Church]

  • Another brick in the wall

    The former fortification wall of Old Riga.

    [Troksnu iela]

  • Another brick in the wall

    The former fortification wall of Old Riga.

    [Troksnu iela]

  • Dead end

    Pär is silently pondering where rest of the house has gone.

    [Skārņu iela]

  • Wall breach

    This is the Swedish gate, built into the former fortification wall in 1698 during the Swedish rule of the city. It was simply cut through an existing house and the city executioner lived in the rooms above the gate at that time, placing a red rose in his window every night before an execution. This is the only Riga gate that has survived in its original form and a popular pass-through for newlyweds.

    [The Swedish gate]

  • Balsam applied inside

    The local brew 'Black Balsam' is a traditional herbal liqueur composed of 24 different ingredients such as flowers, roots, oils, berries and other funny things you may or may not find in a forest. Topping it off is the herb wormwood, which you may recognize from absinthe. The original recipe was created by pharmacist Abraham Kunze in 1752 and often used as medicine.

    [Reval skybar]

  • Balsam applied inside

    The local brew 'Black Balsam' is a traditional herbal liqueur composed of 24 different ingredients such as flowers, roots, oils, berries and other funny things you may or may not find in a forest. Topping it off is the herb wormwood, which you may recognize from absinthe. The original recipe was created by pharmacist Abraham Kunze in 1752 and often used as medicine.

    [Pär, Hanna and Reine at Reval skybar]

  • Baltic night

    [View from Reval skybar]

  • I will crush you all

    [Military parade at Ratslaukums]

  • Back off

    [Military parade at Ratslaukums]

  • Silent echoes of noise

    The name of this street means Noisy, getting its name from the market that was once held in the narrow passage.

    [Troksnu iela]

  • Bricks

    The Blackheads were an organisation of foreign Hansa merchants. Their guild was named after their patron saint, the black St Maurice. The building was first mentioned in 1344 but demolished by Nazi aircraft and later completely destroyed by the Soviets in 1948. The house of today was rebuilt in 2001. The statue in front is knight Roland, a symbolic figure of freedom.

    [Melngalvju nams]

  • I will crush you like a worm

    [House of Blackheads]

  • Sugar rush

    Laima is the well-known chocolate brand of Latvia and quite delicious.

    [Having a coffee break at Emihls Gustavs]

  • Lockup

    In several countries there is a tradition for newlyweds to place a lock together in public areas.

    [Bastejkalns park]

  • Wrath of the cat

    The owner of this house was expelled from the Great Guild, whose magnificent building is located across the street to the left. He was very insulted by this and turned the cat so its rear end pointed towards the guild house. This silent protest obviosly helped, since he was was admitted back in the guild and the cat was now turned back.

    [Kaku maja, Livu Laukum]

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