Fantastic Tour to the Artistic City of Riga
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
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
A closer look to one of the art nouveau building
Staircase of the Art Nouveau Art Museum
Don't forget to bring a map especially if it is your first time going to Riga. This really helps a lot!
Riga's remarkable Dome Cathedral (Rigas Doms)
The Three Brothers, also known as the dwelling house in Riga
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
Riga's Flower Market
Dome Cathedral - an up-close view
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.