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ALL THREE LINES START FROM STRELNIEKU Square. IT IS ALSO END POINT OF ALL THREE LINES.

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RIGA CIRCUS

Riga Circus is one the oldest circuses in Europe being built in 1888 and the building is a cultural monument of State significance. It was founded by Albert Salamonsky – a brilliant German circus artist, horse trainer, equestrian and a director, who also was in charge of design and construction of the current “Nikulin Circus on Tsvetnoy Boulevard” in Moscow.

http://www.cirks.lv

 

 

 

LATVIAN NATIONAL OPERA

The Latvian National Opera & Ballet (LNO) Company was founded in 1919. The LNO occupies a stately neo-classical style building in Riga, originally constructed as the Riga German Theatre in 1863.

The Latvian National Opera & Ballet House is home to both the Latvian National Opera and the Latvian National Ballet. In the course of a season that runs from September to June the LNO performs more than 200 performances, staging on average six new productions every season of both opera and ballet. 

https://www.opera.lv

 
POWDER TOWER

One of medieval Riga's fortification wall towers, originally called the Sand Tower. Built in 1330. Reconstructed several times, and in the 17th century it was named the Powder Tower due to gunpowder stored there. Its present appearance was set in 1650.

In 1919 the War Museum was established in it. In 1937–1939, an annex building was added according to a project by architect A. Galindoms, now this part hosts large and various exhibitions. The height of the tower is 25.6 metres, diameter — 14.3 metres and wall thickness — 3 metres.

http://www.karamuzejs.lv

 

LATVIAN NATIONAL THEATRE

The primary accent in the Latvian National Theatre is on new plays. Latvian National Theatre was founded on November 30, 1919. The Great Hall can seat 850 people, the Actor's Hall - 100 people.

The theatre's troupe includes 44 actors, 21 freelance actors and 14 directors. The Latvian National Theatre provides shows for all spectators in accordance with its main task - a wide range of repertory and prices. The theatre regularly provides discounts on ticket prices for various social groups, as well as other special offers.

https://teatris.lv

 

LATVIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ART 

Latvian National Museum of Art is the most significant depository in the nation for works of art. Reopened in May 2016, the building itself has been upgraded, modernized but its majestic beauty from a long-gone era - preserved. 

The National Art Museum’s new permanent exposition, marking the fully renovated building’s reopening, is a comprehensive expose on Latvian art in both the 19th and 20th centuries, with emphasis on the various stylistic periods and the artists who were instrumental. 

http://www.lnmm.lv

 

ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL

Riga's Nativity of Christ Cathedral is the biggest Orthodox church in the city. Having served as a planetarium and a restaurant during the Soviet Era, the building has been completely restored as a church and holds regular Orthodox services.

Nativity of Christ Cathedral, as a symbol of architecture and stability, is often visited by the highest representatives of foreign countries, and all those who seek solace and sanctuary.

The founding stone was laid on 3 July 1876 by Riga Bishop Serafim (Protopov). The initial design did not feature a separate belfry but as the Russian Czar Alexander II presented a surprise gift (12 bells) the design was improved with one more dome for bells.

www.pareizticiba.lv

 

VERMANE PARK

One of Riga’s oldest and most popular parks was created in the wake of a colossal error that resulted in the razing of most of the city’s wooden suburbs. The buildings outside the walls of the old town were set to the torch in 1812 in anticipation of Napoleon’s troops that never actually arrived. Wealthy burgher Anna Gertrud Wöhrmann donated the land and other citizens pledged money to create the park. Today it’s still a great place to play some chess with locals, read a book, listen to free concerts at the amphitheatre or just have a picnic on the grass. A number of restaurants and seasonal cafés are also available as well as a large children’s playground.

 

  

RIGA ART NOUVEAU CENTRE

Riga Art Nouveau Museum was opened on April 23rd, 2009. It is located in the apartment where the outstanding Latvian architect Konstantīns Pēkšēns (1859 - 1928) lived until 1907.

The authentic interior of 1903 has been renovated in the museum. Investigation of the premises was started in 2007 when the original interior decoration was revealed and registered. Renovation works were done from 2008 to 2009 under the guidance of master renovator Gunita Čakare.

http://www.jugendstils.riga.lv

 

P. STRADINA MUSEUM FOR HISTORY OF MEDICINE

The building at Antonijas iela 1 was built in 1879 after a design by Heinrich Scheel. It was built as a family home and was turned over to the museum in 1957 after one of Latvia’s most distinguished physicians, Pauls Stradiņš, bequeathed to it the private collection that he began to establish in the 1920s and 1930s. After Stradiņš’ death in 1958, the museum was named after him, and it was opened to the public in 1961. 

The purpose of the museum is to encourage public interest in the development of medicine from antiquity to the present day, also helping people to understand the close linkage which exists between history and medicine. The museum is one of the three largest museums of its type in the world.

http://www.mvm.lv

 

MONUMENT OF BIG KRISTAPS

Big Christopher, the city's protector from floods and other natural disasters, first appeared in the 16th century, in a small cave by a bank of the Daugava River. Legend says that one day after returning home from carrying the Christ child across the deep waters of the river, the humble giant found a pile of gold which he used to build Riga. For centuries he has been a symbol of the city, and its inhabitants paid tribute to him with flowers and lit candles, asking for his blessing before embarking on a long journey. In modern times, Big Christopher was moved to the safety of the Museum of Riga's History and Navigation. Today, a replica stands in a small glass structure on the bank of the Daugava, so he might once again greet seafaring visitors and keep a close watch over the city he built.

 

 

RIGA CASTLE 

Riga Castle has stood on the right bank of the River Daugava for more than 700 years. Through the centuries, it has seen severe destruction, numerous rulers, and wars. Today it houses the residence of the President of Latvia.

www.president.lv

 

 

 

KALNCIEMA QUARTER

Every Saturday is celebrated in the Kalnciema wooden architecture quarter with a traditional market – a nice highlight for Pārdaugava residents.

Here children can participate in various creative workshops: they can cut, paste, draw and make interesting things, go on a colourful merry-go-round or, if it is warm outside, treat themselves to homemade ice cream and have a nap in a hammock in the orchard.

Meanwhile, for adults, Latvian farmers and craftsmen bring a variety of delicious products for their eyes, noses and, of course, their taste buds. One can buy teas for health, jams for cough, peppermints for stress, and meat and fish for the fridge. Just remember that every visitor should come with an empty stomach, because feasting is guaranteed.

http://kalnciemaiela.lv

 

LATVIAN NATIONAL LIBRARY 

Just a bridge span from Old Town, on the left bank of the Daugava, looms an extraordinary, culturally significant edifice, the Castle of Light - the new National Library.

The basic objective of the new structure is to accrue and preserve national and international literary works, securing access to them for the general public. Over four million units are now located here, mostly Latvian publications concerning Latvia and Latvians.

https://www.lnb.lv

 

 

THE OLD RIGA

The Old Town is the oldest section of Riga as well as the center of the city. It is the city’s most popular area with tourists. In 1997, Riga's historic center was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

 

RIGA GHETTO AND LATVIAN HOLOCAUST MUSEUM 

Riga Ghetto Museum is located in the historic area bordering the former ghetto. More than 70,000 names of Holocaust victims and a photo exhibition, focusing on anti-Semitic propaganda, the Holocaust in Latvia, the resistance movement and those who provided safe haven, are set on a piece of land, covered by cobblestone taken from the streets of the former ghetto.

http://www.rgm.lv

 

RIGA CENTRAL MARKET

Riga Central Market, which opened in 1930, was recognized not only as the largest, but also the best and most advanced marketplace in Europe. Riga Central Market has invariably remained in the very heart of Riga city, ensuring diverse shopping experience, a personal touch, lively conversation, tall tales and exuberant bargaining with the vendors.

https://www.rct.lv