“TheCeļotājs” –
 Touring Riga Latvia Is A Journey Though Time
Riga Central Market 
Come join “TheCelotājs” and Liepāja Tours visit to the outside area of Riga Central Market located along Centrāltirgus.
Come and feel the sounds of market echoing from the arched ceilings of the pavilions. Visit all interesting locations one by one – the meat pavilion and dairy, grocery, greengrocery and fish pavilions. Buy some honey in honeycombs and genuine rye-bread from Latvia’s countryside.
As we walk around the open air market area. Have a look at products by local farmers.
Be sure to see the market’s red brick warehouses, which are almost 150 years old now. Each of them is based on individual designs by prominent architects well-known and respected in Europe and Russia at that time – Kārlis Felsko, Frīdrihs Hess, Roberts Pfūgs, Reinholds Šmīlings, Jānis Baumanis. Out of 58 warehouses built between 1864 and 1886 only 13 survive to this day.
Handmade articles by local craftsmen and other valuable things will not fail to attract your attention once you are here. Such as genuine hand knitted warm woolen socks, Shawls, caps and gloves at very friendly and highly acceptable prices.
When Riga Central Market was first opened in autumn 1930 it was literally the largest and most progressive market on earth, according to specialists. Anyone who visits the Central Market always sees it as special experience they have never had before.
History of Riga Central Market
The need to organize a central market in Riga was first discussed by the city fathers before the World War I. The project of the Riga railway hub developed in 1909/1910 at the request of the Riga-Orel railway company board envisaged building a railway branch for the needs of a new city market, between the city canal and the so-called red warehouses. Yet the war interrupted the implementation of these plans, and the project was resumed only years later. The damages caused by the war and the struggle for independence had to be repaired at first. When Riga's economic life returned to normal, the question of building a modern market was again on the city's agenda.
At the time almost a half of food products consumed by Rigans were sold at a 22 000 m2 large marketplace on the right side of the Daugava River. Here goods were sold in wooden stalls having no food storage equipment to meet even the basic sanitary requirements. It caused much trouble, particularly in summer. According to foreign experts, every year up to 12 lats worth of food products per capita were damaged in outdoor markets. In case of the Daugava riverside market, it meant up to 2 million lats of annual losses. Another factor hindering normal trade was the lack of access roads and facilities for handling goods.
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