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Free Tours Riga Blog article about Krisjanis Valdemars
Our todays hero achieved so much in his life that his birth place was renamed after himself. I doubt it would happen if he cared only about his personal gain in this journey we call life. He put interests of society as such before his own. His name was Krišjānis Valdemārs. Born on 2nd December...
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Free Tours Riga blog article about Janis Daliņš
If you ask a person from Latvia which is our most sports related city – most common answer will be the city of Valmiera. Why? Many reasons but arguably main started on the 5th of November in 1904 when Jānis Daliņš was born. Later he will become the first Latvian to win Olympic medal in...
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Riga Free Tours blog article about roosters on Riga churches
Latvia does not really have high mountains or steep hills. Our highest peek is 311 meters above the sea level – a hill called Gaiziņš. However we are great mountain climbers. Today we would like to mention Teodors Ķirsis. He is the Latvian mountaineering legend. He has climbed highest peeks of all continents, including Mount...
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Riga free tours blog article about latvian poet Ojars Vacietis
Today is the birthday of prominent Latvian poet Ojārs Vācietis so we would like to tell some interesting things to you about him. “A great gift for a small nation”, this is how he was often regarded. He is born on the 13th of November 1933 in Valka district. After graduating from high school he...
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They say that Mikhail Tal lived for chess. One can only presume that to be great in something you have to be that way… He devoted his life to this game and was called genius of attacks and combinations. His play was characterised by taking initiative at all costs, disregarding sacrifice, boldly creating obscure and...
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Free tours Riga blog article about Karlis Zale
Traditionally we write about people who have their birthdays this month and now it is turn for Kārlis Zāle – celebrating his birthday on the 28th of October. A sculptor and monumentalist. His most important life works are Freedom Monument and Brethren Cemetary ensemble( war cemetary). He was one of the most influential figures in...
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Riga Free Tour blog article about Aleksandrs Caks
Aleksandrs Čaks was a legend and first man of letters whose creativity bore a distinctly urban mark. His poetry was devoted to Riga`s restless, throbbing life, including topics and characters that hardly been featured before – the city night life, horse taxi drivers (cabmen), shop windows, streets and boulevards, poverty stricken suburbs. He is a...
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History of Latvia is complicated and so is the history of our teritory, culture and people. In the eastern part of Latvia lies Latgale, one of 3 historical regions ( others being Kurzeme and Vidzeme) of our country, that together created Republic of Latvia in 1918. Francis Trasuns, a theologian, founder of the state of...
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Free Tours Riga Blog article about Dome Cathedral organ
This instrument is considered to be one of the most valuable historic organs. Built in Germany in the city of Ludwigsburg in 1884 by E. F. Walcker & Co. It consists of enormous 6718 pipes.  Ferenz List, one of the most outstanding musicians of the 19th century, composed a special piece upon the opening, dedicated...
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Free Tours Riga blog articles about Erenpreis bicycles
I as a Rigan and a part of a small country have always felt pride when speaking of something great that we have made in Latvia.  This is a story that began in 1922 when Gustavs Ērenpreiss started a bike building and a repair shop. In five years time was opened a new brand and...
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