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Fantastic Tour to the Artistic City of Riga

Updated on November 16, 2015
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Latvia's Riga City is most commonly distinguished as the jewel of the Baltics, not only because of its thriving business centre but also because of its extensive collection of art nouveau buildings. This enthralling city is the most populous among all the regions in Baltic and is spectacularly located at the Gulf of Riga, at the mouth of Daugava River.

Cobbled street in Riga City

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Riga was hailed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO as recognition of its extreme creativity and passion for nature. It has somehow redefined the old town’s appeal by its curve lines and varying patterns, which have also captivated many European Cities. About 40% of the total art nouveau buildings are located in the city centre. Some are scattered around the embassy district and Alberta Street. In the apartment of the famous architect Konstantins Peksens in Alberta Street is the Riga Art Nouveau Museum, where you can rediscover the glorious past of Riga through its historical mementos.

Colorful buildings and cafes in Old Riga

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A closer look to one of the art nouveau building

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Staircase of the Art Nouveau Art Museum

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Don't forget to bring a map especially if it is your first time going to Riga. This really helps a lot!

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Riga's remarkable Dome Cathedral (Rigas Doms)

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The Three Brothers, also known as the dwelling house in Riga

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History of Old Riga

The Old Riga is not so far from the new city. In fact, it is just a ride away towards the right bank of the Daugava River. Touring around the place will surely take you to Riga so many years ago, which fortunately has remained a captivating destination even up to the present. Here you can see the medieval fortifications, constructed between 13th to 18th centuries. The place is full of religious structures such as the Riga Cathedral, the St Peter's Church, St. George's Church, St. Jacob's Cathedral, and Old Riga's Synagogue. You will also find the famous residential complex of Riga’s Castle, known as Three Brethren in the area.

Just near the Central Railway Station and Riga Bus Station, you can find one of Europe’s biggest markets namely Riga Central Market. It would be nice to buy some fruits here and eat while touring around the metropolis. If you are staying for a couple of nights, the perfect location of the market makes it easy for you to buy some meat, or fish products. In fact, you can also shop some clothes and furniture in the site. What set this market apart from the modern facilities are its pavilions, which have unbelievably survived throughout wars and centuries.

Riga's Central Market

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Riga's Flower Market

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Dome Cathedral - an up-close view

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Visiting Dome Cathedral

The Dome Cathedral is not just another magnificent building around. It is one of the many representations of Riga’s artistic nature, bearing three influences when it comes to architecture - Baroque, Early Gothic and Romanic style. It is mainly known for its amazing acoustics and organ concerts. And when you visit the place, you can watch its electrifying performance. Another structure that has similar significance is House of the Blackheads and the statue of Roland. Exploring Riga will truly allow you to appreciate its art nouveau buildings. It is not only a wonderful tour but an experience worth remembering.

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      rebekahELLE 3 years ago from Tampa Bay

      Beautiful, interesting hub! I have a few friends from Latvia and they have told me how beautiful the buildings are. I would love to visit and see first hand the beauty of the art nouveau architecture. The photos look great!

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      Mary Cimeni 3 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you rebekaELLE. Truly this place is amazing! I'm sure your friends are having fun there. :-)

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      srsddn 3 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

      marycimeni, It is amazing. What a grand view in your intro photograph. The museum interior is also fantastic. Thank you very much for sharing such an artistic city. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Mary Cimeni 3 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks a bunch srddn! I've been wanting to write about this place. Have you been here?

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      Ed Palumbo 3 years ago from Tualatin, OR

      Well written with well chosen photo illustration! My compliments. Voted Interesting and Beautiful, because it is!

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      prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Beautiful and I can't imagine that I can go there one day. I love all stunning pictures here. Thanks for sharing with us. VOTED UP :-)

      Prasetio

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      Mary Cimeni 3 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks a bunch Edward! Have you been here?

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      Mary Cimeni 3 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks a bunch prasetio30!

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      Ed Palumbo 3 years ago from Tualatin, OR

      Mary, I have not been there, and I thank you for providing the incentive to visit it.

      Ed

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      Mary Cimeni 3 years ago from Philippines

      you're very welcome @Edward! :)

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