Cat Building - Riva Latvia - by Anika Mikkelson - Miss Maps -

Rooftops of Riga, Latvia

History runs deep into the buildings of Riga. It creeps into crevices and waves through windows of old wooden houses. Riga’s Old Town tells tales of passion and serendipity. There is the well-know story of a group self-named Blackheads who once occupied one of the city’s most influential buildings. The radio and TV towers are  the tallest structures in the Baltics and can be seen from nearly every position in the city. Another structure, The Latvian Academy of Sciences bares a striking resemblance to that of the Palace of Culture and Science in nearby Poland. There are stone water towers built to look like fortresses and a yellow building uniquely topped with hissing cats.

Roofs of Riga are ornate and deserve accolades for all they have protected in their lifetimes. Imagine the stories they possess, the wealths of knowledge they keep safe. Imagine what stories they could tell, seeing both what’s on the inside and outside of Latvia’s capital city.

Imagine what you could see, if you just look up.

For the second photographic challenge in Riga, I focused on rooftops.

Here are the results:



This is the second of three photographic challenges personally designed while in Riga to help tell the city’s story in a more intimate way. The first, “Through the Looking Glass” can be found by clicking HERE

The third, Movement and Stillness, will be coming to shortly. Stay tuned!

One thought on “Rooftops of Riga, Latvia

  1. You are so right. The rooftops and tops of buildings were incredible! Some of the best architechture I have ever seen! Thanks for sharing. I love your symbol how did you do that?? X


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