Located on Raiņa Boulevard is the monument to Mstislavs Keldysh. Born in Riga, Keldysh was a scientist whose work was influential in the Soviet Space Program.
Mstislav Keldysh 1911-1978
The sculpture is the work of the Latvian sculptor Ļevs Bukovskis and was erected in 1978.
Andrejs Upīts 1877-1970
Located next to Riga Congress Hall in Kronvalda Park is the formidable statue of Andrejs Upīts. Upīts was a Latvian writer, literary critic and well known public figure.
Erected in 1982, the statue is the work of the Latvian sculptor Alberts Terpilovskis.
Located in the gardens opposite Latvijas Nacionālā Opera is the bronze statue of George Armitstead with his wife Cecilia Pychlau and their pet dog. Mayor of Riga from 1901-1912, Armitstead is heralded as one of the greatest leaders Riga has ever known.
The bronze sculptures are the result of donations made by local businessman Yevgeny Gomberg and were unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II in 2006.
Located near to Latvijas Nacionālā Opera is a stone statue of Alfrēds Bruno Jānis Kalniņš. Born in Cesis, Kalniņš was a Latvian composer, music critic and conductor who founded the Latvian National Opera.
To mark the centenary of the his birth, the statue was unveiled in 1979 and is the work of the sculptor Karl Baumann.
Located on Piazza San Leonardo is Chiesa di San Leonardo – the Church of St Leonard. Dating back to the 14th century, the original church took its name from the hospital of the same name. The present church is the result of a reconstruction in 1657 with later alterations. The main facade (above) is the work of architect Luigi Candiani which was carried out in the 1930’s.
The facade features tripartite corinthian pilasters on plinths with a decorative frieze, a rose window above the entrance and pinnacled roof. A sculpture holding a cross (above) sits in a niche above the pedimented doorway.
A side altar with an image of the crucifixion sits within a richly decorated stone surround.
The side entrance of the building reveals a bricked arch above the pedimented doorway providing traces of a former opening.