beautiful Riga



One of the most beautiful cards I received from Latvia. Thanks to Kanda ( if I read the name right)

You can read about Riga here :)


Daugavpils, Latvia



This postcard show the Daugavpils Fortress, in Latvia.

Wikipedia says:

Daugavpils Fortress, also known as Dinaburg Fortress, is a fortress in Daugavpils, Latvia. It is the only early 19th century military fortification of its kind in Northern Europe that has been preserved without significant alterations. Planning of the fortress began in 1772 by decree of Tsar Alexander I of Russia, shortly after the First Partition of Poland when Latvia ceded to Russia and construction began during Napoleon’s attack of the Russian Empire in 1810. Construction of the fortress, despite lengthy delays, serious flooding and slow construction work, was completed in 1878.

General facts and information:

  • 10,000 workers built the fortress in two shifts.
  • In 1812, the fortress was attacked by the French Army of 24,000 men. The fortress was still under construction and was defended by 3300 men and 200 cannons.
  • The fortress was a significant, modern military centre of the Russian Empire.
  • For a long time it was a defense base of the western frontier of the Russian Empire.
  • The direct route taken by Russian nobles and Royalty from St. Petersburg (then capital of the Russian Empire) to Europe led right through the city of Daugavpils (then named Dinaburg) and Daugavpils Fortress was the place of rest for many nobles including tsars Alexander I, Nicolas I, Alexander II, Alexander III and Russia’s last tsar Nicolas II.
  • Latvian independence was officially recognised by Soviet Russia in 1920 and between 1920 and 1940 the fortress became home of the Latvian army.
  • During World War II, the hostage camp Stalag 340 was set up in the fortress.
  • 1948–1993 – The fortress was home to the Daugavpils Higher School of Military Aircraft Engineering (DVVAIU).
  • 1998 – The fortress came under the authority of the State Real Estate Agency of Latvia.
  • 2004 – The Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia decided to sell the fortress either in parts or as one whole. The fortress’s future remains uncertain.

House of the Blackheads, Riga



Hi everyone,

this beautiful postcard is from Riga, Latvia, showing the house of the Blackheads. thanks to Svetlana

Wikipedia says:

House of the Blackheads (Latvian: Melngalvju nams, German: Schwarzhäupterhaus) is a building situated in the old town of Riga, Latvia. The original building was erected during the first third of the 14th century for the Brotherhood of Blackheads, a guild for unmarried German merchants in Riga. Major works were done in the years 1580 and 1886, adding most of the ornamentations.
The structure was bombed to a ruin by the Germans June 28, 1941 and the remains demolished by the Soviets in 1948. The current reconstruction was erected from 1995 to 1999.