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Atlas Obscura 2019
Stone Head of Salaspils

Discover Stone Head of Salaspils in Riga, Latvia: This enigmatic artifact remained buried in a churchyard for years.

Atlas Obscura 2021
Statue of Prince Mikhail Andreas Barclay de Tolly

Discover Statue of Prince Mikhail Andreas Barclay de Tolly in Riga, Latvia: The former Field Marshall and Minister of War to the Russian Imperial Army.

Atlas Obscura 2019
Salaspils Memorial Ensemble

Discover Salaspils Memorial Ensemble in Salaspils, Latvia: This former Nazi labor camp is now a poignant memorial, complete with giant Soviet-style monuments.

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Route of industrial objects
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Atlas Obscura 2017
Hats From Around The World

Including bonnets made from human hair.

Atlas Obscura 2021
Victory Memorial to Soviet Army

Discover Victory Memorial to Soviet Army in Riga, Latvia: This controversial monument was designed to lionize the Red Army, but also disheartened the Latvian people.

Museum of the Red Latvian Riflemen (today: Museum of the Occupation of Latvia)
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Riga with Tim Richards
Atlas Obscura 2020
House of the Blackheads

Discover House of the Blackheads in Riga, Latvia: The reconstruction of this prominent building fulfilled a long-written command.

Atlas Obscura 2020
Freedom Monument

Discover Freedom Monument in Riga, Latvia: This celebration of Latvia’s freedom and independence avoided demolition over half a century of Soviet occupation.

Atlas Obscura 2016
The First Ever Public Christmas Tree

Discover First-Ever Public Christmas Tree Marker in Riga, Latvia: A stone marker and sculpture in the city of Riga stake a claim for the very first community Christmas tree.

Atlas Obscura 2020

Discover 'Sam' in Riga, Latvia: This statue is dedicated to the animal cosmonauts that perished during space flight experiments.

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Underground Riga
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Atlas Obscura 2018
Castle of Light

Discover Castle of Light in Riga, Latvia: Latvia's symbolic mountain-shaped national library is home to millions of cultural tomes.

World Heritage Site 1997
Historic Centre of Riga

Riga was a major centre of the Hanseatic League, deriving its prosperity in the 13th–15th centuries from the trade with central and eastern Europe. The urban fabric of its medieval centre reflects this prosperity, though most of the earliest buildings…

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Riga Cinema Map
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Atlas Obscura 2018
The Three Brothers

Discover The Three Brothers in Riga, Latvia: The oldest housing complex in Riga is a mini timeline of architectural trends.

Atlas Obscura 2019
Jauniela (New Street)

Discover Jauniela (New Street) in Riga, Latvia: This charming Latvian lane doubled as Baker Street on the Soviet Union’s version of Sherlock Holmes.

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Three centuries of history in Viesturdārzs
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Atlas Obscura 2017
The Giant Who Built Riga

A statue plays tribute to the mythical founder of Latvia's capital city—a gentle giant named Christopher.