Thursday Doors in Riga, Latvia

There are many layers to Riga, Latvia………There is the economic layer, with the bright and shiny new buildings across the river from the Medieval Village, where the cobblestones and ramparts can still be seen. There is the old moat, now filled with water, dividing a beautiful, tranquil park into left bank and right, in the middle of the city.  There are the statues and the monuments to remind everyone of Latvia’s strength. There are the historic buildings from the 1200’s  to Art Nouveau and Modern. There is the laughter and the gaiety of young people everywhere. Riga is thriving and exuberant! So, today let’s look at some of Riga’s doors to get an idea and feel for our latest stop! From this first photo you can see the reconstruction and the melding of designs to get the look we see now. There have been three distinct periods of building for this church from its beginning in the 1200’s. More on that in future posts!

Riga, Latvia, Church of St Peter Door/Main Entrance

A good restaurant should always have a door that makes you want to go in!

Riga, Latvia, Restaurant Flowers and Door

Many doors lead to a courtyard…….

Riga, Latvia Door

Updated buildings have been converted to shops and restaurants inside the courtyards………….

Riga, Latvia, Windows

Riga’s Hot Dog Café has parking for Harley’s only!  Ha Ha! This street, like many, are pedestrian only……

The Doors of Riga, Latvia

Don’t forget to look through the gates to get your door!

The Doors of Riga, Latvia

Walking around, what you see, is building after building like this!

The Doors of Riga, Latvia

I got part of the door, but I liked the streetlight even better! And, is that a cat looking down? Riga has a thing for cats………..more on that to come……..

The Doors of Riga, Latvia

I could go back to Riga and spend a good deal more time…….and if I did, I would make my reservation at the Sherlock Art Hotel…. I was captivated by it. The location, in the heart of Old Riga, was in the thick of the activities…..

I had to find out more about this boutique hotel………..

During the restoration of the building, which was built in 1898, a wooden box was discovered under the floor of one of the rooms. It contained drawings, brushes and a letter from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle dated November 10, 1901. Only a fragment of the paper was readable due to decay, but the message read, Mr Zarinsh, thank you! The bookplate with Sherlock turned out wonderful— exactly what I need! A sketch of the bookplate with the initials of ACD was also in the box. The letter was addressed to Richard Zarins, the most popular Latvian graphic artist and painter of the time. It is believed that Mr Zarins may have lived at one time in this house. Mr Zarins was the director of Latvia’s government printing house. During his career, he designed many book illustrations and engravings. He also designed many stamps for the Russian Empire (He designed the first Soviet stamp issued in 1918.) and also stamps for the Soviet Union, Belarus and Latvia.  In addition, he designed the Latvian coat of arms, several bank notes, and coins.

Such a mystery! Who put the box under the floor? How did it survive all the wars and turmoil? How did it survive WWII when all the buildings were bombed? The way of the world of Sherlock Holmes has a new mystery! Finding that box led to the idea of a Sherlock Hotel…………

The Sherlock Hotel has seventeen rooms and each is decorated, very tastefully, with Victorian artifacts and all rooms are named after one of the characters or high profile cases in the Sherlock Holmes’ books. Since 2011, there has been a celebration of the birthday of Sherlock Holmes with a parade through the neighborhood.  The film, “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson,” was shot here, bringing more attention to the hotel. The Sherlock Hotel is considered the Riga headquarters of 221B Baker Street. I would definitely stay here ! Who knew that so many people would be interested in Sherlock Holmes here?  I bet fans of Sherlock would love this place!

The Sherlock Hotel, Riga, Latvia

A look past the gate……….

Riga, Latvia, Sherlock Art Hotel Door and Sign

Isn’t this just a fairy tale setting? Tucked in between the ancient buildings was a large area for restaurants/garden/park. I had to get a photo of the flowers on the wall…….and the planters that spilled over with flowers and vines!

Riga, Latvia, Flowers

Looking at the garden-park from this view, I snuck in a door.  I knew I’d get one in there somehow!

Riga, Latvia, Flowers

Mixing it all together again……. new and old………green seems to be the color for a door at number 10………

Riga, Latvia, Doors

I could spend all day inside this door……..bakeries are my thing……..and I liked that lightbulb arrangement too.

Riga, Latvia, Bakery

The Lido Beer House is on the opposite side of the Sherlock Hotel. The beer barrels caught my eye until I saw the women statues/pillars…… Another bar in the neighborhood was  called, This Place Doesn’t Need A Name!

Lido Bar and Resturant, Riga, Latvia
Lido Bar and Restaurant, Riga, Latvia

5/7. I like that address!  Another peachy colored building with its green door……….

Riga, Latvia, Doors

I have seen posters in the US of this cat and never realized it was the Riga Cat, and what it stood for….. This shop offered many versions of the Riga Cat…..

Riga , Latvia, Cats

As we walked deeper and deeper into the city we came to the oldest defensive walls and there were some great doors to be found here.

Riga, Latvia, Doors
Riga, Latvia, Doors
Riga, Latvia, Doors

Very chic settings were found in the newer sections of the town.

Riga, Latvia, Doors

and more Art Nouveau……..

Riga, Latvia, Doors

It would take a good long walk to see all the architecture that Riga offers and I have a lot more doors and tidbits to share, so watch for more to be posted next week….

Riga, Latvia, Street View and Windows

Look here to see what others are doing for Norm’s Doors!

It’s easy to do Norm’s Doors. Photograph some doors and post them to Thursday Doors on Thursday!

PS All photos were taken on our IPhones …….we are traveling lighter!

15 Comments Add yours

  1. Sartenada says:


    Very nice collection of beautiful doors. My favorite is the second from the top. Thank you.

    Have a good day,

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Matti, Have you been to Riga?

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Sartenada says:

        Thank you asking. No, have not been there, but only few times in Estonia. 🙂


  2. Sheree says:

    Lovely selection of Baltic doors!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Lovely photos. The doors are great, but the walls have real character


  4. Norm 2.0 says:

    Wonderful post. Some of the architecture there is absolutely stunning.


  5. JT Twissel says:

    What a great tour of Riga – the Sherlock Holmes hotel looks like reason enough to visit.


  6. My favorites are whatever door is under all those flowers in the second shot and the defensive doors with the great hardware. The Sherlock Holmes story is fascinating.



    1. Janet how are you doing? Have you moved yet?


      1. I’m doing well. Thanks for asking. Just working away at going through things, getting rid of things, packing things. It’s a lot of work and mentally can be pretty hard, but it’s a good feeling when I get some things done. We’re moving about the middle of April.


  7. Jo Shafer says:

    European doors tend to be far more fascinating than most American doors. Architects employed broken pedestals (Church of St. Peter, top photo) and overhanging balconies (building with the cat looking down) to add a sense of mystery. I especially like those narrow pedestrian-only passageways studded with huge planters spilling over with blooming plants. So inviting!


    1. Jo, I will write about the Riga CATS in an upcoming post!


  8. Jo Shafer says:

    (Yes, that really IS a cat up there, looking down at you!)


  9. slfinnell says:

    Interesting story of the Box being found. Glad it was partially salvagable at least. And those doors are like eye candy against the architecture. Nice!


  10. Wonderful post and photos. So interesting about the Sherlock Hotel. Great bit of history, thank you.


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