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Interesting Places to See in Riga. Part 4

Interesting Places to See in Riga. Part 4

This is our last article about interesting paces you can see in Riga. We’re going to tell you about three places that are popular with foreign tourists.

Albert Street

At the turn of the 19th-20th centuries, in the era of economic boom, many new streets appeared in Riga. One of them is a famous Albert Street which is a magnificent example of Riga Art Nouveau.  The street is really popular with tourists and visitors of the city. It’s a kind of an open-air museum of Art Nouveau. The special feature of this artistic movement is the expressive interpretation of utilitarian elements, and the willingness to turn the useful into the beautiful.

Albert Street

The street got its name after Bishop Albert, the founder of Riga Fortress. There were many other suggestions about the name of the street. One of the suggestions was to name the street after a famous gardener Timm who settled in Riga in 1837, and later became one of the founders of the Riga Gardener’ Society.  The street changed its name several times. It got its present name – Alberta Street only at the end of the 20th century.

Riga Motor Museum

Riga Motor Museum is the largest automobile museum that was founded in 1989 thanks to the Latvian Club of Antique Automobiles. The museum contains more than 230 cars, motorcycles and mopeds from the 19th and 20the centuries. It features sports and military vehicles, Latvian-made cars, limousines and cars of the 1930s.

Riga Motor Museum

The area of the museum covers more than 4,000 square meters. The exposition is located on three levels and includes the largest and varied collection of old vehicles in the Baltics. All exhibits, including historical vehicles, incorporate a variety of modern multimedia tools. Museum visitors are told about unique vehicles, well-known people and historical events.

Riga Central Market

The Riga Central Market is one of the oldest and largest markets in Europe. It features original pavilion designs. The market was open in 1930 in the city center, near the Daugava River. It has always been in the very center of Riga.

Riga Central Market

Today, the market attracts a lot of visitors as they know that this is the place where they can buy healthy and quality food. Visiting the Riga Central Market is a real fun when you can enjoy and be part of its whirlpool of cheerful bustle, polyphony, laughter and diversity. In 1997 the territory of the market was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list.

That’s the end of our last article about most popular places and landmarks in Riga. Follow our blog and leave your comments.

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