Day 2 in Riga
Meet you at Laima!
One of the most beautiful and biggest religious buildings in the country is the Nativity of Christ Orthodox Cathedral, located in Esplanada Park, one of the most impressive parks in the capital of Latvia. This grandiose church has three bell towers and the entrance is dominated by a massive wooden door, supported by a Byzantine style arcade. The interior of the Cathedral is remarkable due to its 18th century chandelier suspended from the ceiling and the red velvet carpet that spreads from entrance to altars. You can take photos and videos of this beauty just if you pay an additional fee. In Esplanada Park you can also see the Statue of Oscar Kalpaks, the National Art Museum of Latvia and the Art Academy of Latvia.
The Freedom Monument is the main symbol of independent Latvia. In fact, it could capture your attention even before getting close to it, because of its height. The monument was constructed in the memory of the soldiers killed during the War of Independence from 1918. The image of unity of the Latvian people and the freedom of the country is represented by the female figure named Milda, holding three stars that signify the three regions of Latvia.
Perhaps you will hear during your tour locals saying: “Meet you at Laima!”. If this mysterious “Laima” arouse your curiosity and you can’t wait to know it, then find out that Laima Clock is one of the most important meeting points of Latvians. The clock is placed on a 5-meter tall pedestal, it is of brownish yellow color and displays its name written vertically.
After a long, but relaxing walk, have lunch in one of the restaurants from the historic center. Although the variety of restaurants is huge, we advise you to opt for one that serves local food. One of the most renowned restaurants among tourists in Riga is “Alus Seta”.
Cat House is one of the legendary buildings of Old Riga and there are several stories that refer to this building. The idea of such a unique construction was of the architect F. Scheffel, who placed symmetrically the silhouettes of two black cats on the top of the House’s turrets.
In the evening, explore up and down the Agenskalns district. Walk along Daugava river, Klinger street, the Stone Bridge, and stop in one of the pubs, night clubs, luxurious restaurants or cafes and feel Riga’s vibrant nightlife.