HOUSE of BLACKHEADS in Riga, Latvia

May 30, 2019

The House of Blackheads was built in 1334  and was  the main meeting place for merchants. Later  a group of foreign merchants  known as the Brotherhood of the Blackheads  bought it in  1713 , thus the current name..  The Brotherhood had a great love for art and music and  house hosted many grand social events.

The Grand Hall

 

Many art pieces hung in the house.

The meeting room

Gallery of composers.

The building was destroyed  during World War II

The House of Blackheads  was rebuilt in 1999.

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Riga, Latvia – A BEAUTIFUL CITY !!

May 26, 2019

Rolled  into Riga, Latvia late yesterday afternoon by  Lux Express Bus.   Easy bus ride and  I have loved Riga since  the moment I arrived!!   Here  is a just a sampling  of the many things to see in just Old Town alone……

House of the Black Heads

One of the many town squares.

Always love the suveniris!

LOTS of Coats of Arms

Three Brothers Buildings, the oldest residential dwellings in Riga.

Powder Tower, 1650, and has…..

Russian cannonballs embedded in the walls.

Drinking is not taken lightly in this city.

Dome Cathedral

Ghosts of the past may still be lurking ……….

Beautiful buildings are  everywhere you look.

Bird of the day – a chaffinch.  Sitting on a low branch easy to see and singing his heart out. What  a beautiful sound!

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