Photographer's Note

this is the Blackhead's House - precise replica finished in 2001 of a building that was destroyed during the World War II.

the original Blackhead's House was first mentioned in 1334. the building was owned by the Great Guild that sprang up not later than in the 14th century. the Guild consisted of the privileged groups of merchants and landholders in the Baltics and had a great influence on the town council work. in the 15th century, the house was rented out to the Blackheads Merchant Guild and became their property in 1713.

the Blackheads was characteristically a common union of young, unmarried merchants and ship captains in the Hansa cities, which chose St. Maurice to be their patron. St. Mauritius was the leader of the legendary Roman Theban Legion in the 3rd century, and one of the favorite and most widely venerated saints of that group. St. Maurice is sometimes represented as a black Moor, which is actually the meaning of his name, and from this the name of the brotherhood “the Blackheads” comes. due to their exceptional status the Blackheads played an important role in the society life and traditions; many VIPs of that time (including Russian tsars) took part in events organized by the Blackheads.

Blackheads' Houses, in turn, were clubs and communities at the same time. the House in Riga at once contained one of the world’s richest collections of silver objects. the building was destroyed in 1941, and the Soviets completely pulled down the ruins in 1948, because it was considered to represent 'decadent' German architecture.

about the photo - around 4PM, the sun was on my right and already setting. in summer I would have waited longer to have the last rays of sun illuminating the façade of the building, but in early spring, when the sun is still low, the shadow of the building behind me would completely block the Blackhead's House.
ISO 200, 30mm focal lenght, spot metering and auto white balance.

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Additional Photos by Kristine KL (avene) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1586 W: 134 N: 2932] (12675)
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