Architectural Wonders in Riga, Latvia
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
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.
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.
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!