Kaļķu Iela (Lime Street), Riga

Kaļķu Iela (Lime Street), Riga

One of the oldest streets in Riga, Lime Street runs from Town Hall Square northeast to the edge of the old city. It was first mentioned in 1407.

A stroll down Lime Street will reveal many treasures and surprises. Number 11 is a bank from the 18th century. Number 16 is the impressive Mikhail Chekhov Russian Theatre of Riga, founded in 1883. Finally, Number 20 is the Lion Pharmacy, the oldest in Riga that traces its lineage to 1653.

During the Soviet Era, Lime Street was merged with two nearby thoroughfares to form the principal street through Soviet Riga. It was called Lenin Street.

The street is a bustling central shopping and entertainment district for the city. Sidewalk cafes line the wide walking lanes, interspersed with fine dining establishments and trendy shops. There are also banks, hotels, and fast food choices.

The street ends at Bastejkalna Park and the Freedom Monument. You'll also find the Laima Clock, a popular local meeting spot. The distinctive clock is restored and dates from 1924.

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Sight Name: Kaļķu Iela (Lime Street)
Sight Location: Riga, Latvia (See walking tours in Riga)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Riga, Latvia

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles

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