Riga, beautiful city Art Nouveau

We started our visit of the downtown of Riga by the impressive Blackheads House, beautiful building hosting the information center.  Then we went to St Peter’s church right next door, from the top of which we have a wonderful view of the city.  A lot of buildings are worth seeing in the Old Town (I’ll let you see the photos on Picasa !).  We then saw the impressive Monument of Freedom, celebrating the independence of the country, obtained in 1920. Nearby, the imposing orthodox cathedral stands proudly. After visting it, we went to Elizabetes and Alberta streets, among others, where are located the most beautiful examples of Art Nouveau. This architectural style goes back to the beginning of the last century and is inspired by nature. Lots of mythological figures are found on those buildings as well. In Riga, the Art Nouveau style is often mixed with other architectural tendencies (gothic and oriental patterns, patterns from the national romantism…), which sometimes leads to very ornate and a quite unique result. Even though some buildings look way too much (to my opinion !), others look pretty harmonious, and the buildings are always a lot different anyway. Wandering the streets of Riga is never monotonous, that’s for sure. Too bad the rain interrupted our walk for a while. But then we were able to go back to the City Hall. I wanted to visit more and I went all the way to the castle, some beautiful churches and buildings nearby.


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Scenic view of Riga from the top of Saint-Peter's church


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Scenic view of Riga from the top of Saint-Peter's church


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Art Nouveau building in Riga

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Cat house in Riga

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