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Architectural Wonders in Riga, Latvia

July 12, 2017

Riga has been on my list for a while, both for personal reasons and because it is a beautiful and culturally rich town. Now that I am moving to Germany, looks like these plans to visit Riga may be a bit sooner than I thought :) 

Here are some top sights to see in Riga, Latvia!

House of the Blackheads

Melngalvju nams

The House of the Blackheads is situated in Riga's old town. The original building was built in the 14th century for a guild of unmarried German merchants. Unfortunately, the original building was bombed by the Germans in 1941 and any remaining structure was demolished by the Soviets in 1948. The current building was built between 1995-1999.

things to do in riga
things to do in riga
things to do in riga

The Nativity of Christ Cathedral

Kristus Piedzimšanas pareizticīgo katedrāle

This Cathedral was built between 1876-1883 when Latvia was still part of the Russian Empire. It was built in a Neo-Byzantine architectural style which, is apparently a gorgeous style. It is the largest Orthodox cathedral in the Baltics built with the blessing of Tsar Alexander II. The cathedral was occupied by Germans in the First World War and was turned into a Lutheran church. The Cathedral returned to Orthodox in 1921. In the 1960s, the Soviet Government shut down the church but upon Latvia's independence in 1991, it was reopened.

things to do in riga
riga things to do
riga things to do

Our Lady of Sorrows Church

Sāpju Dievmātes Romas katoļu baznīca

This Roman Catholic church was built in 1785 and remains active to this day. I really like the simplicity of the church and the use of colors.

The Art Nuevo & Work of Mikhail Eisenstein

The style of Art Nuevo can be seen all over Riga. Mikhail Esenstein was a Russian architect that designed many of the characteristic buildings you will see in Riga. His style would influence later architects and civil engineers as well. I think this may be my favorite style! 

riga things to do
riga things to do
riga things to do
riga things to do
riga things to do

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Siggi Einarson

My name is Siggi-dubbed by my American friends because of the Icelandic yogurt-I am a writer, polyglot, and aspiring expat, not a cup of yogurt (unfortunately).

My love for travelling began with a trip to Iceland and Sweden to visit my family when I was just 15 years old. I spent so long dreaming of the possibilities of life abroad but I always figured these dreams were too far reached. Flash forward almost 10 years, here I am again, both cursing and thanking this damn travel bug.

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