Riga: Melngalvju Nams


Located in Rātslaukums (Town Hall Square) is Melngalvju Nams – The Blackheads House. First recorded in 1334, the house was built as a meeting place for festivities and for various public organizations. Rebuilt in 1522, the building during the 17th century became the home of the German merchants association known as the Blackheads Company.


The building, along with many others in the square, was demolished during World War II. Following archaeological excavations in 1992, reconstruction of the building began in 1995 on the site of the former house. Completed in 1999, the building now holds concerts, exhibitions and is home to a museum. An eclectic mix of architectural styles, the facade features Dutch Renaissance detailing, recessed brick gothic arches and is richly adorned with allegorical sculptures and armorial shields. The inscription engraved onto the walls of the building translates “Should I ever crumble to dust, rebuild my walls you must.”


Riga: Sapju Dievmates Katolu Baznica


Located on Riga Pils is Sapju Dievmates Katolu Baznica – Our Lady of Sorrows Church. Constructed in 1781-1785, the church was the first in Riga to be constructed from stone. The church was dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows as a symbol to the oppressed Catholic religion in Terra Mariana during the Reformation of medieval Livonia.


Between 1858-1860, part of the church was rebuilt to designs by the Latvian architect Johann Felsko who added a new sacristy and made alterations to the main facade. The building is decorated in blue and white and features corner piers, belfry and an octagonal spire.


Riga: Bremin Pilsētu Mūziķi Piemineklis


Located on Skārņu Street outside Sv Petera Baznica (St Peter’s Church) is a monument presented to the city of Riga from Bremen. The political sculptures are the work of Bremen artist Krista Baumgaertel and are based on the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. The bronze sculptures were unveiled in 1990 and feature a donkey, a dog, a cat and a cockerel standing upon one another.


Riga: Marim Rudolf Eduardovich Liepa Piemineklis


Maris-Rudolf Eduardovich Liepa was a Latvian ballet dancer who for more than 20 years performed with the internationally renowned Bolshoi classical ballet company based in Moscow. Located near to the Latvijas Nacionālā Opera (National Opera House) is a sculpture in dedication to the dancer who died in 1989. The monument was unveiled in 2013 and is the work of the Estonian artists Jaan Tomiks and Jiri Tomiks Ojavers.


Riga: Kergalvja Lapene


To mark the 700th anniversary of Riga in 1901, the mayor of Riga George Armitsteds organized several garden parties in the city. Part of the celebrations included the construction of Kergalvja Lapene – Kergalvja Pavillion or Gazebo which was erected in Kronvalda Park. Designed and built by the Latvian master craftsman Krišjānis Ķergalvis, the Pavillion features a pedimented arched entrance on each side with engaged corinthian brick pilasters on plinths. The Pavillion is surmounted by an octagonal roof with leaded dome.