Purvciems Riga

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Purvciems – Typical Soviet architecture

Since the very early years of my life I was a regular visitor of Purvciems neighbourhood, because my grandparents live there. At that time I never realised that Purvciems is the most typical neighborhood of the whole Eastern Block. Soviet regime had been building the similar and ordinary buildings for the similar and ordinary citizens making all cities look similar and ordinary. Now grown up I started to see these similar neighbourhoods in many cities like Vilnius, Minsk, Moscow, Warsaw, Berlin and other cities of all sizes.

There is even an extremely popular Soviet movie “Irony of Fate”, which tells the story about the drunken guy who appeared in Leningrad instead of Moscow without noticing it and then he told the taxi driver his address in Moscow. When taxi arrived at the destination, the street and the building was the same, and by accident even his door key matched the door in another city. The design and the furniture were also the same, so the lucky guy had fallen asleep in another apartment, and when he woke up he saw the actual owner, an attractive lady…

In my opinion, the same movie could be filmed in Purvciems or in some other parts of Riga like Plavnieki, Imanta, Zolitude, Ziepniekkalns and Kengarags, which are also extremely similar themselves.

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Purvciems, Riga

Opening Times

24 hours daily


Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)