Monday, September 5, 2011

Stalin's Birthday Cake - Riga, Latvia

Stalin's Birthday Cake  While on tour in Riga, Latvia our tour guide described some of the struggles that Latvians endured under the rule of the Soviets.  Once the Soviet occupation ended, the Latvians removed a likeness of Stalin that was constructed on the building.  Hence, 'Stalin's Birthday Cake'.  This building looked entirely out of place in Riga.  The high-rise stone or brick edifice rose high above the surrounding buildings.  Interestingly, this is one of the more 'ornate' Soviet-era buildings that I encountered.    Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)
While on tour in Riga, Latvia our tour guide described some of the struggles that Latvians endured under the rule of the Soviets.  Once the Soviet occupation ended, the Latvians removed a likeness of Stalin that was constructed on the building.  Hence, 'Stalin's Birthday Cake'.


This building looked entirely out of place in Riga.  The high-rise stone or brick edifice rose high above the surrounding buildings.  Interestingly, this is one of the more 'ornate' Soviet-era buildings that I encountered.  


Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

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