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Old Posted Sep 29, 2017, 11:11 AM
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Riga, capital of Latvia

Arguably the nicest of the three Baltic capitals (which says something seeing as Tallinn and Vilnius are quite picturesque as well). Has a wonderful old town that gives you a good idea of the wealth it amassed as a member of the Hanseatic league. Also known for its Jugendstil architecture. Latvia was part of the Soviet Union, regained its independence in the early 1990s and is now both a member of the EU and the eurozone. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riga

Soviet monument:


Riga

Grand architecture that is reminiscent of Vienna or Paris:


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Courtyards that can be found all across the city:


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Jugendstil:


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Presidential guard:


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Riga Castle, residence of the Latvian president:


Riga Castle


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Riga


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Historic spires:


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Typical street in the old town:


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The spire of Riga Cathedral:


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A couple of modern highrises on the other side of the Daugava river:


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Great shots. Riga seems like a fascinating place, visually at least, but what's it like food, culture, vibe, etc-wise?
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I want to get to the Baltic states so badly. Riga looks great.
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Great shots. Riga seems like a fascinating place, visually at least, but what's it like food, culture, vibe, etc-wise?
Sadly I can't really provide you with any decent answers since I only spent a couple of nights there and it wasn't purely a vacation. For what it's worth, it definitely "feels" like a major European city though, not like the capital of a country with a population of less than 2 million.

Main square of the city adjacent to the cathedral:


Riga Cathedral Square

Cathedral itself:


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Freedom Monument to commemorate Latvia's independence after WWI:


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Looks nice... very walkable.
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Older wooden building:


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Jugendstil:


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Orthodox Nativity Cathedral:


Nativity Cathedral Riga

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outstanding thread. i would love to visit riga sometime.

a helsinki/tallinn/peter trip is definately in the works though.
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Old Posted Sep 30, 2017, 9:56 AM
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More Jugendstil:


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"Skyscraper" from the late 1930s:


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City canal:


Pilsetas Kanals Riga
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French embassy:


French Embassy Riga


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Latvian central bank:


Central Bank Riga
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The French officials are being spoiled over there, if you ask me.
I'm not quite sure France's so-called grandeur still can afford this kind of stuff.
That may be some sorry shopkeeper mindset from me, still, that's a lot of details to keep clean for a single official façade, isn't it?

Pretty sure some growing local businesses can handle this more easily than the Fr state crumbling under its debts and the EU requirements for wiser government budgets.
We should sell this thing for a more humble building.
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Macron deserves such a place for his visits!

Freedom Monument (with the inscription "For Fatherland and Freedom"):


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wow, this is grander than helsinki, let alone Talinn.
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The castle:


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St. Peter's Church:


St. Peter's Church Riga
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Thanks for posting, beautiful city that we don't see often. I'm amazed how much of the historic city is still intact after WWI, The Soviet Occupation, WWII and communist urban planning.
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Yeah, I was quite surprised to see the extent of the city's destruction in pictures of Riga taken immediately after WW2. At least today the city looks like a place that escaped any sort of major damage during the war. A pretty striking difference compared to most German cities that may have sustained similar damage and were rebuilt with little regard for what had been there before the war.
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wow, this is grander than helsinki, let alone Talinn.

haha, i saw what you did there not mentioning st petersburg.

so helsinki yes, although that has other charms, but why grander than tallinn (or vilnius for that matter)? the three seem similar in that respect, no?
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