Latvia

Latvia is a country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. It is bordered by Estonia, Lithuania, Russia and Belarus.

I visited Latvia in 2013 and stayed e.g. at the Islande Hotel, which is close to Islandes-skvérs (e. square) in Riga. The reason for the names is that Iceland was the first country to recognize the independence of Latvia in August 1991, but before it was a republic of the Soviet Union.

Islande Hotel in Riga
Islande Hotel in Riga
Islandes-skvérs (e. square) in Riga
Islandes-skvérs (e. square) in Riga

The House of the Blackheads is in the old town of Riga. The original building was erected during the first third of the 14th century for the Brotherhood of Blackheads, a guild for unmarried German merchants in Riga. The house was bombed to a ruin by the Germans June 28, 1941 and the remains demolished by the Soviets in 1948. The current reconstruction was erected from 1995 to 1999. The exact origin of the term ‘blackhead’ is unknown. The patron saint of the Brotherhood of Blackheads is the Moorish Saint Mauritius whose head is also depicted on the Brotherhood’s coat of arms.

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Colorful houses in Riga.
Life music in Riga.
Norwegian band playing in Riga.
Norwegian band playing in Riga.
Proper attire for wildlife hunting shown in the Latvian war museum in Riga.
Proper attire for wildlife hunting shown in the Latvian war museum in Riga.
This probably showing the logo of the university departments by using the letter “U” in interesting ways.
This probably showing the logo of the university departments by using the letter “U” in interesting ways. 
I met this nice young lady in Ventspils.
I met this nice young lady in Ventspils.

The Ventspils Castle is located in Ventspils. It is one of the oldest and most well-preserved Livonian Order castles remaining, in that it has retained its original layout since the 13th century. Through its 700 year history, it has been used as a fortress, church, residence, garrison, school, military base, and prison. In 1995, the castle was restored to its 19th-century appearance, and was converted into a museum. The Livonian Order was an autonomous Livonian branch of the Teutonic Order and a member of the Livonian Confederation from 1435 to 1561.

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Light is used in very innovative ways in the Ventspils Castle museum. By using light and smoke it looks like a waving ghost is receiving the guests.
Light is used in very innovative ways in the Ventspils Castle museum. By using light and smoke it looks like a waving ghost is receiving the guests.
Light is also used to point out important parts in the museum.
Light is also used to point out important parts in the museum.
The video about the history of the castle is sett up like dials. One showing time periods and the other subjects.
The video about the history of the castle is sett up like dials. One showing time periods and the other subjects.
Liepāja in Latvia is the perfect place for those who miss the good life in prisons.
Liepāja in Latvia is the perfect place for those who miss the good life in prisons.

 

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