Riga: Jewish History and Heritage Tour

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There are deep, tragic, but interesting history of Riga Jews. This excursion will includes the monuments of Jewish culture and heritage and also different stories about destinies.

Highlights

  • Visit the Riga Synagogue during an Old Town walking tour
  • See the Great Choral Synagogue and Rumbula Memorial
  • Walk through the Maskavas suburb with its unique wooden housing
  • The beautiful architecture of the buildings designed by Michael Eisenstein
  • House where lived remarkable philosopher Isaiah Berlin (1909 - 1997)

Description

Riga is the largest city in the Baltics and the capital of Latvia. Once called the 'Paris of the North,' it is an architectural gem of medieval houses with Gothic gabled roofs, Renaissance guild houses, Baroque homes of the wealthy and Art Nouveau housing by Jewish architect Mikhail Eisenstein, being able to compete  to that of Prague, Vienna or Barcelona. Distinguished Jewish philosophers of the 20th century, Yeshayahu Leibovich and Sir Isaiah Berlin, film director Sergej Eizenstein, world chess champion Mikhail Tal and photographer Philippe Halsman have been living here. It is possible to visit the Riga Synagogue (Peitav Shul) – the only synagogue that survived the Nazi period, and is still in use today. Here, you can learn how the Torah scrolls were saved. The Maskavas suburb with its unique wooden housing is the historical Jewish square. Never before a ghetto until the Nazi years, Maskavas Forstadt became the main area of Jewish settlement in the 19th century. The first Jewish secular school is now operating as a private Jewish school. Likewise, the historical Jewish hospital Bikur Holim is still in use. The site of the Great Choral Synagogue (Die Greise Hor Shul, Gogol Shul) is now a memorial, and evidence of the Nazi inhumanities brings back memory of many people who have helped to save Jewish lives. The old Jewish cemetery, Rumbula and Biķernieki Forests, where mass murders were carried out, now are memorials and a place of contemplation. The Riga Ghetto Museum, located on the border of the former ghetto territory, is one of the rare places in Europe that experienced no architectural changes and small wooden houses where people lived, still stand there. Names of more than 70,000 holocaust victims are engraved in the walls of a museum. The excursion will be designed according to your wishes. Please be informed that on Shabbat and other Jewish religious holidays, the Synagogue and the Riga Ghetto Museum are closed. The duration of the tour depends on the intensity of the traffic on the streets.

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Guide with car

Important Information

  • Nothing special needed. Just dress according to local weather conditions

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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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