Academy of Sciencse


This is the Latvian Academy of Sciences in Riga.  It’s a lovely building, was the first place I headed to after I had checked into my hotel, and was the place I visited the most during my trip there.

That’s not because I’m a scientist. Far from it.

The sign that you can see at the foot of the right door states that you can access this building for Panoramic views of Riga from 8am through to 10pm; what’s more it costs 2.50 Lats to get in there – that’s about £3.  Sure, St Peter’s Church is in the heart of the old town, and is a little higher, but it’s twice the price, hasn’t got such great opening hours, is much busier, and has more barriers in place.   On the 17th floor of this building you could jump off if you so desired.  Please don’t though, as that would result in barriers being put up, which nobody wants.

I visited three times as my initial visit was during a cloudless sky in the middle of the day, my second (where this shot was taken) was in passing simply because there was an hour or so on the Sunday where some great clouds came blustering by the city, and the third was later that day where I went to the top again just to see if there was going to be a nice sunset (there wasn’t).

Here’s the view from the top should you wish to see it from the comfort of your chair: Panoramic view of Riga


  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/1250s