House of Blackheads (Melngalvju nams) one of the architectural treasures of Riga. It was rebuilt in honor of the city's 800th anniversary in 2001. Dating from 1344 it was destroyed in 1941. The Soviets completely pulled down the ruins in 1948, because it was considered to represent "decadent" German architecture. A striking Gothic building with a Dutch Renaissance facade, it was used to house traveling single members of the merchants' guild. Their patrons was St. Mauricius, therefore it gained the name of Blackheads' organization. By the way this building was not only a meeting place, but it was used as an excellent concert hall as well, R. Wagner and F. List visited this place. Today the building contains a tourist office, a cafe, a souvenir shop and a museum.
On the left side of the photo is St. Peter's church.
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sabermonajati (9325) 2013-04-11 6:09
fascinating view from facade of buildings you captured.
tedesse (25129) 2013-04-11 6:52
Piekna architekture Rygi tu pokazujesz!
Doskonaly POV i kompozycja, piekne kolory i dobra ostrosc. Interesujacy opis prezentowanych budowli.
lousat (75622) 2013-04-11 9:00
Beautiful capture from the old heart of Riga,great point of view and perfect exposure for the best facades details and colors despite the cloudy day,a city to visit,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
EstelleJ (921) 2013-04-11 13:57
There is something so unbelievably beautiful, distinct and eye-catching about this type of architecture! I just love all those decorative details - it's amazing how much thought and attention to aesthetic aspect, as well as functional one, was put into constructing those marvelous buildings!
The exposure and sharpness is great, too, in spite of the lack of sufficient light. You did a great job!
Thank you for sharing!
saxo042 (37270) 2013-04-12 7:39
You have really included many beautiful and interesting building in this picture. With your good note, this is indeed an excellent TE contribution.
Angshu (55407) 2013-07-21 22:36
Wonderful architecture restored to its former glory! The different styles of the buildings which have been shown here in the frame are wonderful...really beautiful!
npecanhuk (64320) 2013-09-14 3:44
Wonderful architectural details!
Special regards to the horizontal format, chosen pov, composition and exposure!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your week-end,
bbarna (768) 2013-11-10 10:09
Very interesting nice buildings, and your picture shows them very well. It was a terrible crime that the Soviets destroyed them, but I am glad that the Latvians restored them. Congratulations, TFS
- Copyright: Zbigniew Kalinowski (fotka) (3471)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-06-06
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ 28, Leica Vario-Elmarit 1:2.8-4.4/4.8-86.4
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-04-11 5:59