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Riga abrite l'une des plus grandes collections d'architecture Art nouveau d'Europe. Rejoignez-nous pour découvrir ce style magique lors de notre visite à pied gratuite de l'Art nouveau. Une visite incontournable pour tous ceux qui s'intéressent au mouvement Art nouveau, ses arts et son architecture.  


Il s'agit d'une visite consacrée à tout ce qui concerne l'Art nouveau à Riga et se concentrant sur la période du début des années 1900, menant à la fin de l'Empire russe. Un excellent moyen d'en voir plus, d'en apprendre davantage sur les styles et les tendances artistiques du début du XXe siècle et de découvrir l'architecture magique Art nouveau de Riga. Découvrez les rues principales de Riga les plus connues pour leur architecture Art nouveau, telles que Alberta iela et Elizabetes iela, ainsi que des rues et des zones moins visitées et souvent manquées par les visiteurs. Avec littéralement des centaines de bâtiments dans le style à travers Riga, nous vous proposons de voir comment le mouvement s'est adapté aux goûts du nord de Riga, comment il a évolué et où il a également conduit.

Que verrez-vous lors de la visite gratuite de Riga Art Nouveau ? Notre objectif est de montrer comment le style à Riga s'est développé de 1899 jusqu'à la Première Guerre mondiale et comment des éléments tels que le romantisme national se sont mêlés à l'Art nouveau et comment Riga a prospéré de manière créative à la fin de l'Empire russe.


Durée 1h45.

Samedi 15:00 Marches de l'Opéra National

Riga Soviet tour
Grey Soviet Riga

Soviet Riga tour

In Riga, Latvia, like the other Baltic states, the society experienced a tragic and complex historical period during the Soviet occupation era. Below is a brief timeline of events related to Latvia and it's capital Riga during the Soviet period:

1940 Soviet Occupation:

In June 1940, the Soviet Union occupied Latvia following the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact drawn up between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. The Latvian government was removed and replaced by a pro-Soviet administration.


Following the Soviet occupation in 1940-41, the authorities initiated mass arrests and deportations of individuals deemed to be anti-Soviet. This included political figures, military officers, and other perceived threats to the occupying Soviet regime.

1941 Nazi German Occupation:

Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union in 1941, and Latvia fell under Nazi German occupation. Many Latvians were initially hopeful that the Germans would bring independence, but their hopes were quickly dashed as the Nazis established a brutal occupation. Tens of thousands of Latvian Jews would be systematically murdered under the Nazi's.

1944 Soviet Reoccupation: 

The Red Army reclaimed Latvia from the Germans in 1944. Latvia was forcibly reintegrated into the Soviet Union and became one of the Soviet Socialist Republics (SSRs).

Post-War Period:

The post-war period saw significant changes in Latvian society. Large-scale deportations, purges, and repressions were carried out by the Soviet authorities to eliminate perceived opposition.

After the Soviet Union regained control of Latvia in 1944, large-scale deportations continued. The targets included not only political figures but also farmers, businesspeople, and anyone perceived as a threat to Soviet rule.

The deportations were often carried out in the middle of the night, with families being separated and sent to various parts of the Soviet Union.

1953 Death of Stalin:

The death of Joseph Stalin in 1953 marked a change in Soviet policy. The following years saw some liberalization in cultural and intellectual spheres, known as the Khrushchev Thaw.

1968 Prague Spring and Suppression:

In 1968, Soviet forces crushed the Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia, and this event had a chilling effect on dissent within the Eastern Bloc, including Latvia.

1980s National Awakening:

During the 1980s, as the Soviet Union began to experience economic and political difficulties, a national awakening occurred in Latvia.

The Latvian people started demanding greater autonomy and recognition of their national identity.

1988 Singing Revolution:

The "Singing Revolution" in the Baltic states, including Latvia, involved mass demonstrations and singing events, becoming a peaceful expression of national identity and a call for independence.

1989 Baltic Way:

On August 23, 1989, two million people formed a human chain across the three Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania) to protest against Soviet rule.

1990 Declaration of Independence:

In 1990, Latvia declared the restoration of its independence, following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The declaration led to a period of intense negotiations and tensions with the Soviet authorities. In the January of 1991 a number of civilians were killed in the Bastion hill shootings by Soviet forces right besides the Latvian Freedom Monument. 

1991 Independence Restored:

Latvia's independence was fully restored on August 21, 1991, following the failed coup attempt in Moscow. The Soviet Union officially recognized Latvia's independence shortly afterward.

These events represent a condensed overview of Latvia's history during the Soviet era. The country has since become a member of the European Union and NATO, solidifying its place in the community of independent nations.

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