This guide book is a must-have for all who are interested in European architecture and its rich history of diversified culture. Undoubtedly Riga is famous for its unique mixture of styles and traces of war and politics: German roots, Art Nouveau at its highest quality, Soviet Modernism, and a young European's nation on its way to architectural profile. In 1997 the central part of Riga was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Daugava embankment and numerous streets with medieval roots encircle this special area. The author's selection provides descriptions of nearly 800 buildings and various places in Riga and its vicinity. Buildings of all historical periods and architectural styles are described, ranging from centuries old monuments to buildings currently under construction.
Janis Krastins (1943), Dr. habil. arch., member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences (1994, holder of Grand Medal 1998), Professor of Riga Technical University, member of the Latvian Association of Architects (1970). He is the author of numerous projects for public and residential buildings and carried out investigations of historic structures. He has published over 680 scientific works, including 25 books on various aspects of architectural history.
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