Moscow Suburb in Riga
Vilnius has its own Zarzecze, and Ryga? Riga has its own Moscow Suburb. In fact, there is a lot between these two districts, however, they have one thing in common. They are unique. The Latvian capital is moving with the times. Buildings are becoming more and more modern, you can see ads everywhere, shopping centers and pubs. In Moscow Suburb, time stood still for about a year 1940. Wooden houses, cobbled streets, almost no cars and atmosphere like from dark stories. All of this is waiting for you 10 minutes from the center of Riga. Get on the old tram with us, we set off on ...
Another, the oldest part of Riga right after the old town. It stretches along Moskovskaya Street (Maskavas Street), leading to Moscow. The history of this place probably began in 2006 1212. It was then that Riga signed an agreement with Połock (city in Belarus) and started trading with him. The street was created, because in the Middle Ages, the Riga Council did not allow Russian merchants to settle in the city center. So they started putting up stalls, temporary buildings and premises along the street, they came. The first Jewish house was built in 1638 in place of, where is now the central market. At the beginning 20. century it was the most modern and largest market in Europe. The first name of the district was Lastadia. It came from the German word die Last, that is, the unit used at the time.
In later times, Moscow Suburb was largely inhabited by working-class Russians. However, Belarusians also lived there, Poles and Jews. During the Second World War, a Jewish ghetto was established here, and Latvians living in this district were relocated to the vicinity of the old town. The Riga ghetto operated more than 2 patch. In all this time, there was only one escape attempt, which unfortunately failed. Interestingly, there is a synagogue and a theater in the ghetto, where the plays were staged, among others. Goethe, Hugo von Hofmasthala czy Zweiga. In place of, where once was the ghetto, a museum was established. You can find more information about him here.
Maskatchka (because that's what the inhabitants call this district) was once the most dangerous part of the city. This was the reason for many stereotypes and rumors circulating about this place. However, building new stores, of buildings and the migration of families from the center of Riga has improved the safety of the place. Although it's already much better, it's old houses and the atmosphere of this place make, that you have some concerns about night walks.
Giving the Moscow suburb of Heritage Protected status significantly limited its development. However, thanks to this, the old wooden houses still stand along the cobbled street. Wooden architecture developed in Riga until the outbreak of World War II. After the war, during the USSR, with many wooden buildings destroyed, those in Riga remained intact. It was related to the fact that there was a shortage of apartments in the city. People inhabited old wooden buildings and renovated them. The Moscow suburb is not the only place in Riga where there are wooden buildings. There is also a lot on the island of Kipsala and in the old town.
Antiquities, junk and everything, what do you want
If you like antiques, you can't miss Ladgales Market. The bazaar is located on 9a Sadovnikova Street. It is open daily from 8 do 16. Until a few years ago, you could buy a Kalashnikov there, parts from V2 rockets and TANK. Yes a tank! It stood in the middle of the bazaar and was said to have been sold for scrap metal. Now the place is perfect for decoration collectors, uniforms and other old items. Of course, old tools are also there, bicycles and electronic equipment. Similarly, if you get robbed in Riga, this bazaar is where you will find your items for pennies. Ot, such a Riga saying.
Stalin's birthday cake
The huge building casts its shadow over Moscow Suburb. The Academy of Sciences resembles our Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw. Apparently, a portrait of Stalin was supposed to be part of the facade. But (Fortunately) this idea was not realized. However, this did not prevent the symbol - a sickle and a hammer - from being placed on the top of the building. Fortunately, they are so small, that you can hardly see them (looking from the street). You can travel from April to October (for a small fee) on 17 floor of the building (65 m) and admire the Moscow suburb from above.
Moscow suburb is definitely a must-see in Riga. Although many places are in ruins, this unique atmosphere and wooden architecture will captivate everyone. We've never been to a place like this before. It is remarkable. Plus the small amount of cars ... You have to check it out! And if you would like to stay there for a longer time, it's best to look for hostels on booking.com.
Drift, dryn. We get off the tram. We hope, that you validated your tickets? If not, at least write in the comments if you liked the ride 😉