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Friday, 16 November 2012

House of the Blackheads, Riga

Riga, Latvia

The gorgeous House of the Blackheads is one of the most striking buildings in Riga, forming a useful landmark as we attempted to navigate the city. I love the ornamental weather vanes and clocks. The Blackheads were German merchants in medieval Latvia, and they certainly must have had a profitable trade to splash out on such an ostentatious headquarters. The current building is actually a reconstruction built in the 1990s, after the original was bombed during the Second World War - so it still looks incredibly new and shiny.

Riga, Latvia


Rachel said...

Were they a single family? Or a sort of colony? It sounds like Riga is an interesting place!

Tabor said...

Lots of 'wedding cake' deco here. One of those buildings that you can study for quite some time.

Charlotte Klein said...

So beautiful! Funny... I see a lot of German architecture in these buildings so I wasn't terribly surprised when you mentioned who designed them. GORGEOUS photos, Rachel!

christine said...

fairytale perfect, aren't they? so lovely

Bibliomama said...

Needs a re-name. Or some Clearasil. :)

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