MOSCOW FORSTADT or MASKACHKA, RIGA'S SHADIEST SUBURB - in Riga - LikeALocal Guide
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MOSCOW FORSTADT or MASKACHKA, RIGA'S SHADIEST SUBURB

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24 EUR

Travel back in time in unruly, shabby and charming mix of cultures - to the Riga Moscow Forstadt or Maskachka.

Duration: 3 hours
    Available in
  • English,
  • Swedish,
  • German,
  • Russian

Highlights

  • Moscow Forstadt views from top observation platform of Stalinist Science Academy skyscraper
  • Picturesque decrepit lanes among wooden houses
  • Lifestyles of Latvians, Jews, Orthodox & Old-Believer Russians co-existing for generations
  • Former Riga Jewish Ghetto area
  • Colourful churches of five different denominations
  • Lively and patchy Thieves market Latgalite

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Description

You`ll start the tour with visiting first skyscraper of Riga - Latvian Academy of Sciences with the 17th floor platform (included), from which you'll admire the best views of Riga.
Near to it you`ll make a stop at brightly painted Orthodox Church of Annunciation.
Once home to large Jewish population Jewish Ghetto of Riga during WWII subjecting inhabitants to forced labour, starvation and violence. Now quarters are run down, but they are still part of history.
After that – stop to see Sarkanā kalniņa market square, which is still flanked by Omnibus (Horse Tram) depot.
You`ll be guided to site of Great Choral Synagogue. Although the colossal edifice no longer exists, it’s thought-provoking to see what remains of this place of worship and to recall events of 1941 when hundreds of Jews were killed.
Time to admire churches of various styles and denominations - Lutheran Church of Jesus, Grebenshchikov Old Believer Church, Catholic St Franciscus Church and Orthodox St John The Forerunner Church.
During the tour you`ll take a short tram ride (included).
In the end your guide will take you to ‘’Latgalīte’’, mix of classic flea market & thieves market.

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What’s included & not included

  • 3h private guide services
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Riga Moscow suburb
  • Tram ride
  • Top Observation Platform of Science Academy building
  • Gratuities to the guide are not included in the tour price

Meeting point

At cruise port / hotel

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24 EUR
  • Full refund if you cancel up to 72 hours before the tour
  • No booking fees
  • Pay by credit card or PayPal

Tour operated by: Mundus Travels