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Ģertrūdes street

Ģertrūdes street is one of numerous Riga centre streets with ornate 19/20th Century change buildings encircling your view. This view is taken from the doorfront of Ģertrūdes church which is placed weirdly in the middle of street (it bends in ring around it). It's interesting that the street's name has arisen from the church not otherwise; until 1885 the street held Lielā Kalēju (Great Forger's) name - this name was given because of many craftsmans who settled there in medieval times. The street was pictured in 1754 Riga's map, however it should have looked very differently back then as it was Riga's suburb at that time and there should have been only small wooden buildings here.

The length of Ģertrūdes street nowadays is about 2 km. It's not of the busiest and liveliest centre streets, as it's located a bit farther from the main crowd-gathering points, so everyone can enjoy the architecture in rather peaceful atmosphere on this street. The best examples located exactly here - around Ģertrūdes church.
Ģertrūdes street Reviewed by Ikars Kublins on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 Rating: 5

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