Riga

Grīziņkalns

06 Dec 2016

Visit a typical late 19th-century blue-collar neighbourhood. Experience the Riga of the 1905 Revolution and of the writer Aleksandrs Čaks amid narrow cobble stone streets and, in some instances, ornately carved wooden houses. To be on the safe side and to avoid unwanted attention we recommend a visit during daylight hours.

Sights & Attractions
Chimney Sweep Statue

Chimney sweeps are still held in the highest regard in Latvia and if you see one in his traditional 19th-century uniform on the streets it’s considered good luck to rub his brass buttons. A statue of a chimney sweep and a stone mason created by artists Kārlis Īle and Ģirts Burvis is located at the corner of Mātīsa and Mūrnieku streets and a couple of park benches are available if you want to take a load off while admiring the work of art. At the corner of Matīsa and Mūrnieku.

Grīziņkalns Park (Grīziņkalna parks)
Once called 1905 Revolution Park due to its perceived connection to the failed uprising, this natural sand dune officially became a park in 1902 when a local beer magnate built a restaurant, theatre and amusement park here. It became particularly popular with the local factory workers and their families who lived in the surrounding area. Sadly, retreating Russian troops razed all of its buildings, save one, in 1917, but the park was rebuilt in a different style in the late 1920s only to be destroyed again during WWII. The occupying Nazis even used part of the park as a POW camp for Soviet troops and the Soviets later built a top secret military bunker here. Today it’s a good place for a walk and it’s also home to a skatepark and basketball courts. A monument to 1905 revolutionaries can be found at the corner of Pērnavas and Jāņa Asara streets. Between Pērnavas, Ata and Jāņa Asara.

Grīziņkalns Skatepark

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29.10.2014
Robert Lismanis
Jinnah Antarctic Station, Antarctica
How did the brass button rubbing go?
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