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This noticeable and austere black building is clearly out-of-place.
This noticeable and austere black building is clearly out-of-place. In the Soviet days, this housed a museum to the Red Riflemen, a group of Latvians who volunteered for the service to Russia during the Russian revolution of 1917. Now it houses a museum of Latvia's time under both the Nazi and Soviet occupations. Very long, but very moving--essential for anyone interested in the history of the USSR or Nazi Germany. Outside the building away from the town square stands the Soviet-era ''Monument to the Riflemen''.
The House of Blackheads is where the merchants-to-be had their guild
St Roland is considered to be the patron saint of Riga
Pretty to look at, but not open for visitors
Former residence of a wealthy merchant built in 1720, now a museum dedicated to life in Riga in the 17th & 18th centuries
Covers the dramatic events that occurred in the tumultuous final year of the USSR, when Soviet authorities sent troops into Riga to overthrow the elected Latvian government
Actually 2 museums plus a number of special exhibits
Dating to 1207, it is one of Riga's symbols
Housed the guild of the tradesmen, who would join after being a member of the Blackheads (see House of Blackheads)