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Jurmala

Jurmala

Jurmala - The Best Places to Visit in Latvia

Jurmala is the largest seaside resort in the Baltic countries with a long history. The resort town is located 25 km from the capital of Riga and 15 km from Riga International Airport. Jurmala is proud of its unique natural resources, healing mineral waters and peat mud, pine forests, a favorable climate for the health of coastal, dunes and beach, stretching for 32.8 miles. The beach is covered with white q...

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Riga

Riga

Riga - The Best Places to Visit in Latvia

Riga is one of the largest cities in the Baltic Sea. It is not only geographically, but also at cultural crossroads - there your soul may find rest, entertainment and an unforgettable experience for the tourists from the East and the West. No wonder that Riga was declared the European Capital of Culture in 2014. Riga is the purpose of the close of any European city. Riga is easily accessible from the UK a...

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Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea - The Poorest Countries in the World

What is Papua New Guinea? The poorest country on the earth or the last mystery of humanity? "Terra Incognita", where the XXI century the most incomprehensible way intersected with the stone age, or just a historical accident, which gave us a fantastic opportunity to understand how our ancestors lived.   This is an unfathomable place. We can assure you that the reality sur...

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The Republic of Congo

The Republic of Congo

The Republic of Congo - The Poorest Countries in the World

The Republic of Congo is a country in the western part of central Africa. The capital and its largest city is Brazzaville. The name "Congo (Brazzaville)" is used to distinguish the country from the larger neighboring state, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo is Kinshasa city, so the country is also called Congo (Kinshasa).   ...

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Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe - The Poorest Countries in the World

The Republic of Zimbabwe is a country that is in the southern part of Africa almost near the Victoria Falls. In July 2010 the population of Zimbabwe was estimated at 11.7 million, but this estimate may not be accurate due to the high level of contamination of the population and AIDS and other infectious diseases (6th place in the world in terms of infection).   Now, let's go over th...

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Liberia

Liberia

Liberia - The Poorest Countries in the World

Liberia is the oldest republic in Africa, a nation with one of the most interesting and rich history, but, unfortunately, one of the poorest nations. At present, Liberia is trying to get back on its feet after 14 years of civil wars that led to the deaths of 250,000 people. In 2006, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf won the presidency and became the first African-prezindent woman. Her main task was the resurrection and the restoration of the cou...

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Burundi

Burundi

Burundi - The Poorest Countries in the World

Geography   Burundi is a small country in East Africa (the north-east of Lake Tanganyika). The nearest neighbors are Congo, Tanzania, Rwanda. There is no outlet to the sea. The total area of the state is of 27.8 thousand square kilometers. The relief is mostly medium-altitude, occupying a large part of the plateau (from 1400 to 2500 above the sea level). The highest point is Mount H...

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Eritrea

Eritrea

Eritrea - The Poorest Countries in the World

Eritrea is a country located on the north-east Africa. For some time it was part of Ethiopia. Its neighboring states are: Ethiopia, Sudan. The climate is hot, tropical, rainfall is scarce. The population consists of Tigray people and Eritrea, others profess the two world religions: Christianity and Islam. On natural characteristics Eritrea is often compared with Ethiopia. These two countries combine the total Ethiopian Plateau, whi...

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Somalia

Somalia

Somalia - The Poorest Countries in the World

Somalia's GDP per capital is of 600 dollars. Inflation in the country exceeds 100% for several years now. The industry employs only 6% of the population and it is suitable for agricultural use. Only 12% of the country is cultivated and even less - 5%. The financial system collapsed. By the way, the currency was devalued several times. Most kids dream of becoming pirates: this is the only way to get a lot of money.  ...

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Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone - The Poorest Countries in the World

Sierra Leone is a very poor country. The gross domestic product was amounted to approx. $ 2.5 billion, less than $ 500 per capital. Below the poverty line there is more than 70% of the population. Approximately two thirds of the population lives exclusively on subsistence agriculture. Agriculture provides 49% of GDP, industry - 31% (and manufacturing - only 4%), services - 20%. Deposits of diamonds, chromite, bauxite, gold, iron, p...

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Nigeria

Nigeria

Nigeria - The Poorest Countries in the World

Developing countries of Sub-Saharan Africa include all countries located in the south of the Sahara, excluding South Africa, the total area of 47 developing countries. Sub-Saharan Africa covers  just over 17% of the earth's surface. The population in 1995 was over 540 million people, less than 10% of the world. The countries of Sub-Saharan Africa are mostly small in the territory and the population of the state. Only 15 countries of the population exceeds ...

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Ethiopia

Ethiopia

Ethiopia - The Poorest Countries in the World

Ethiopia has always been poor. Ethiopia's human development index is of 170 out of 177 poorest countries. GDP - per capital: $ 700 and it depends on agricultural activities. The agricultural sector suffers from inefficient technology and frequent droughts. 50% of the population live outside of poverty. Here are literate only 47% of men and 31% of women. Some areas of Ethiopia are at high risk of hepatitis A, hepatitis E, typhoid fever, malaria, rabies, meningococ...

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The Verman Garden

The Verman Garden

The Verman Garden - The Best Places to Visit in Riga

The Verman Garden was one of the first public gardens created in the 19th century. The Garden is located in the heart of Riga's streets between Cr.Baron, Terbatas and Elizabetes. The park was officially opened on June 8, 1817. Originally the area was 8 hectares of the park. Now the park has the area of 5 ha. The City has given Anna Gertrud Woermann, a part of the park with exotic trees, a rose garden and a restaurant. Initially, there was a fence around the par...

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The Convent Court

The Convent Court

The Convent Court - The Best Places to Visit in Riga

The Convent Court has its origins in the first half of the 13th century, when the Order of the Sword built a castle on the site of the Order. Rigans destroyed this castle in 1297. When the Order began the construction of a new residence in 1330 on the banks of the Daugava River, the former castle suffered the Convent of the Holy Spirit founded an orphanage. From him and then went the current name Convent Court. Since 1554 in the courtyard of the Convent were onl...

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Arc de Triomphe or the Aleksandrov Gates

Arc de Triomphe or the Aleksandrov Gates

Arc de Triomphe or the Aleksandrov Gates - The Best Places to Visit in Riga

Arc de Triomphe or the Aleksandrov gates are in the park Viesturs. This is the only triumphal arch in Latvia. The author is ID Gottfried. The arch is made after the example of the Roman triumphal arch. It was built in 1817 at the end of Alexander Street (today Brivibas Street) near the air-bridge. The Arch was built in honor of the victory over Napoleon in 1812. The height of the arch is of 10.1 meters, the width is of 9.7 meters, the width of the carriageway...

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The Swedish Gate

The Swedish Gate

The Swedish Gate - The Best Places to Visit in Riga

The Swedish Gate is the only gate of Riga, which has been preserved to this day. The gate is located on Tornya street 11. The gate was built in 1698 to connect the inner city to the barracks and the houses outside the city walls. As well as the rest of the gates of Riga, it is opened at dawn and closed at sunset. The Swedish gate was built in the building of the street as medieval Riga towers – the Tower Jurgen, in the docum...

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The Church of St. Gertrude

The Church of St. Gertrude

The Church of St. Gertrude - The Best Places to Visit in Riga

The current building of the old church of St.Gertrude was built in 1864 - 1866's by the architect C. Felsko. This is a typical example of eclecticism expressed in neo-Gothic forms. In the external appearance of the church there is a vertical dominance. The decorative turrets that adorn the stepped gable turrets and spiers of the footboard confirm this. The tower of the church with a step-declining volume, the height of 63 meters is cov...

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St. John's Lutheran Church, Riga

St. John's Lutheran Church, Riga

St. John's Lutheran Church, Riga - The Best Places to Visit in Riga

Originally on the site of the Church of St. John was a monastery founded by the Dominicans in 1234 and named after St. John the Baptist. After numerous surgeries, around 1500 the church acquired its present appearance - with a high Gothic stepped gable, a gable roof and a small turret. In 1523 the town hall at the Dominican Convent selected. Latvian parish acquired in the property in 1582.However, a small Lutheran parish church of the ...

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TV Tower, Riga

TV Tower, Riga

TV Tower, Riga - The Best Places to Visit in Riga

The height of the TV tower is of 368 meters. It is one of the ten tallest TV towers in the world and the third in Europe. The observation deck is located at a height of 97 meters, from where you can see the center of Riga, Pardaugava, Riga HPP, and in fine weather, even the Gulf of Riga, the ships in it, and the highest point of Sigulda. The tower was designed by the Georgian architect Nikuradse. Zakyusale began broadcasting in 1986. For the first time the n...

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The Riga Circus

The Riga Circus

The Riga Circus - The Best Places to Visit in Riga

In 1880 the land on which the circus is now and its property were acquired by a well-known circus performer - Albert Salamonsky. Every summer, he came to Riga to deliver on its site a tent and show the program in which he took part. However, the tent was small and Salamonsky decided to build a stone building. The current building was constructed in the circus in 1888 by the architect Frederick John Baumanis. The Circus bu...

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The Parliament Building ( Seimas)

The Parliament Building ( Seimas)

The Parliament Building ( Seimas) - The Best Places to Visit in Riga

The building of the Seimas (Parliament) of Republic of Latvia was built in 1867 as the Vidzeme Knighthood house designed by the architect Robert Pflug and the first academically educated Latvian architect Janis Baumanis. The architecture of the building of the House of Knights was focused on the Florentine Renaissance palaces. In 1900 - 1903 the Knight's house greatly expanded the project Common Q. Neumann having a new wing on the...

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St. Jacob Cathedral

St. Jacob Cathedral

St. Jacob Cathedral - The Best Places to Visit in Riga

The Cathedral of St. Jacob was built in the early 13th century and it is the smallest of the churches of Old Riga. At first it was outside the city walls. The Cathedral burned, was rebuilt, reconstructed and completed several times. From the original appearance of the church it is best that the altar room has survived. In the 15th century, the tower clock appeared, the mechanism of which was outside of the tower under the small roof....

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The Powder Tower

The Powder Tower

It is not known when the Powder Tower was built. The very name of the tower - Powder, too, appeared later. It is possible that the first tower on the site for protection has been built in the 13th century. The place for the first time in papers was mentioned in the 14th century under the name of Sand Tower. The current tower was built at the turn of 15 - 16 centuries and was built to protect against bullet ...

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The Powder Tower

The Powder Tower

The Powder Tower - The Best Places to Visit in Riga

It is not known when the Powder Tower was built. The very name of the tower - Powder, too, appeared later. It is possible that the first tower on the site for protection has been built in the 13th century. The place for the first time in papers was mentioned in the 14th century under the name of Sand Tower. The current tower was built at the turn of 15 - 16 centuries and was built to protect against bullet ...

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The Cat House

The Cat House

The Cat House - The Best Places to Visit in Riga

Built by the architect F. Shefel, the Cat House is located on the square in front of Liv Great Guild on Meistaru 10 street. The building is well-known for the fact that there are two metal cats on the roof of the house. In 1910 this house as a residential and office building, was constructed by a rich Latvian merchant, who was not admitted to the Great Guild. The merchant was very upset and on the roof of his house two cats put , th...

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Riga Museum of Art Nouveau

Riga Museum of Art Nouveau

Riga Museum of Art Nouveau - The Best Places to Visit in Riga

A century ago, Riga, as well as other cities in Europe was inspired by the breath of surprised creative freedom and a luxury style of architecture and life. The nature rejoicing in an armful of flowers, ornaments, curved sleek lines, admiring the beauty of the antique, fantasizing about the sphinxes, griffins, and guard Psakhie, Art Nouveau made Riga beautiful, mysterious and provocative. Look up and discover the most beautiful art nou...

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The Three Brothers

The Three Brothers

The Three Brothers - The Best Places to Visit in Riga

The Three Brothers is the oldest residential complex in Riga. It is located on the street Little Castle 17, 19, 21 (Maza Pils). The name "Three Brothers" appeared on the similarity with the "three sisters" of the city of Tallinn.The oldest surviving residential building in Riga is located at Little Castle 15 (Maza Pils 15), it is built in the late 15th century, when Riga has established contacts with merchants from ...

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The Laima Clock

The Laima Clock

The Laima Clock - The Best Places to Visit in Riga

The Laima Clock is known to everyone in Riga. There is no resident of Riga, who didn’t ever assign his date to Lima at the clock next to the Old Riga. The Clock was created in 1924 and installed in the square at the Freedom Monument. They then have called Lyme. Although the logo “Laima” appeared to them in 1936.Lima was the name of the girl. Laima was the name of the famous Chocolate Fa...

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The House of Blackheads

The House of Blackheads

The House of Blackheads - The Best Places to Visit in Riga

The House of Blackheads, initially known as the new house was built in 1334. It was reconstructed several times since 1522, when Mats stones were installed at the entrance, until the 19th century, when at the entrance were sculptures of lions and an extension in the corner, the image of St. George. The Roland statue, installed in the Town Hall Square in 1896 is now in St. Peter's Church and the square is a copy made in 2000. The ho...

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The Small Guild

The Small Guild

The Small Guild - The Best Places to Visit in Riga

If the Great Guild has historically united and founded by German merchants, the artisan took in the Small - guild masters. In the old days in Riga were up to 150 craft fraternities. In Soviet times the Small Guild was the House of Culture. And now the building of Riga, the Small Guild is a center of culture and folk art. As in the building of the Great Guild, there are cozy places here where concerts...

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The Great Guild

The Great Guild

The Great Guild - The Best Places to Visit in Riga

Historically, the Grand Guild took the merchants. Riga was the largest shopping center and a member of the Hanseatic League. Also the Great Guild took some high-ranking officials, priests, men of letters, but only from the artisans of goldsmiths. The rest of the artisans had to apply to the Little Guild. The buildings guilds of Riga were multifunctional public facilities: once people prayed here, stored grain and gave shelter and lat...

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The Freedom Monument

The Freedom Monument

The Freedom Monument - The Best Places to Visit in Riga

The Freedom Monument is the main monument of the capital symbol of independent Latvia, the heart of Riga today, its center and a popular venue for official ceremonies. The monument was built with money collected by the people. It was opened on November 18, 1935. The monument represents a five-story composition, with a gradual increase in emotional impact. The first tier has a massive base and a terrace. The terrace is lined with pink...

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The Church of St. Peter

The Church of St. Peter

The Church of St. Peter - The Best Places to Visit in Riga

The Church of St. Peter, located in the Old City is one of the great monuments of culture. The church of St. Peter's Lutheran Church is known as a cultural and a tourist center. The church of Sts. Peter is mentioned in the story of 1209. The church of St. Peter's was built as a city church. The construction of the church was made due to the donated money by merchants and craftsmen who had their altars i...

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The Dome Cathedral in Riga

The Dome Cathedral in Riga

The Dome Cathedral in Riga - The Best Places to Visit in Riga

Some years ago, this magnificent cathedral, located in Riga, was closed for renovation, but after the renovation its doors were thrown open to welcoming back many tourists and locals. The construction of the Cathedral and the monastery began in 1211 and lasted for many centuries. Finally, the outlines of its Baroque 90 - meter tower acquired in 1766 in the cathedral. Its body is one of the largest in the world. It was built in the 80...

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Riga Castle

Riga Castle

Riga Castle - The Best Places to Visit in Riga

One of the most famous and popular attractions in Riga is the Riga Castle, which is visited by Russian and foreign tourists. The history of the Riga Castle dates back to 1330 when it was built after the destruction of the old castle. In 1642, when Riga was under Sweden domination, a new wing was built to the castle by the River Daugava which has survived in its original form to this day. In the days of Czarist Russia castle was rebu...

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