Forest Cemetery – Vilis Lācis

The monument of the most succesful Latvian writer Vilis Lācis in the Forest Cemetery. In 1933, he published his hugely successful novel Zvejnieka dēls (‘Fisherman’s Son’), making him one of the most popular and commercially successful Latvian writers of the 1930s. His novels have been characterized as popular fiction, not always liked by high-brow critics, but widely read by ordinary people.  

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Skrunda 1 

300-million dollar Hollywood movie Justice League

Soviet ghost town Skrunda-1 stars in 300-million dollar Hollywood movie Justice League! Latvia gets famous with Skrunda-1, isn’t this amazing? Skrunda-1 is going to be a military town where the army will have the trainings and will be closed for the public. Have you been in Skrunda-1 yourself? It is hard to find information about Skrunda-1 but we have interviewed people who have lived there as well as gathered information from various sources to be able to let you explore the city. During the Soviet times Skrunda-1 has been a…

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Riga Forest Cemetery 

Riga 1st Hospital surgeon Jānis Jēgermanis

Riga 1st Hospital surgeon Jānis Jēgermanis was well-known for his ability to solve non-standard situations. He once saved a young man who had put a ring on his penis that he could not pull off anymore. The bone saw did not work, but a hammer and anvil did. In the Forest Cemetry with his wife Anna Ūdre.

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BARNES HOSPITAL – MANCHESTER

The Barnes Hospital, also called Manchester Convalescent Home, is a former hospital, built by Manchester Royal Infirmary in 1875 in the rural area of the periphery of the city, with the intent to stay away from the industrial smog. It is now surrounded by big highways. The name of the hospital is due to a big donation from Robert Barnes who wanted a new hospital in the area of Cheadle. During the construction works, three high stone crosses were found, but today we know the location of just one: a…

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A murder in the Central Market

Stories can take drammatical and even unbelievable turns when hijacked by market women. Sometimes it is just innocent rumours, sometimes it turns tragicomical… So it happened in 1938 when a women from the Central Market, Anna Beņķe, met one of her many acquaintances on the street and inquired about the recent events of his life. This is how this story went down: the man kindly informed her that on Sunday he was to attend a funeral of the wife of Jūlijs Puzuns. So Anna told these news to a friend…

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The Great Cemetery

Symbols of the Great Cemetery: Butterfly Probably the most widespread tombstone symbol one can find in the Great Cemetery is the butterfly (sometimes depicted as a moth). It appears first at the turn of the 19th century. The message is clear – butterfly symbolizes the victory of life over death. Why butterfly? The whole idea comes from the natural cycle of development this insect goes through that is completed by becoming an adult butterfly. The stage of a caterpillar (life) is replaced by pupa (death) from which later a butterfly…

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PARNITHAS SANATORIUM

Parnitha is a mountain located on the north of Athens, with a total area of about 300 square kilometers. In 1914 the Holy Monastery Asomaton-Petrakis offers this area to the Euaggelismos hospital to create a nursing asylum for tuberculosis patients. The area was quite remote from the urban center and the mountain climate is considered ideal for those patients. The sanatorium, worked for over 30 years hospitalizing hundreds of patients. Many of them never managed to leave the institution alive. The Sanatorium hosted many Athenian tuberculosis patients and dozens of…

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NUCLEAR GHOST TOWN – FUKUSHIMA, JAPAN’S CHERNOBYL

It was not so long ago that the whole world was on the edge of their seats watching the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl unfold right before their eyes. The live news footage from Ōkuma in Fukushima seemed like a scenario straight from the apocalypse, as viewers across the globe witnessed Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant go up in flames after being battered by a devastating scale 9.0 earthquake and massive tsunamis. A total of three meltdowns took place within the plant due to the failure of cooling systems and ineffective…

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Domino Sugar Factory

The Domino Sugar factory is situated in the neighborhood of Williamsburg in New York (USA). Today it is one the most important architectural icons of the city. The factory occupies a large area in front of the Williamsburg Bridge. In the past this neighborhood was characterized by hipster culture, but in recent years it has become a more and more fashionable quarter of New York because of its “urban brand” that attracts artists and creative, but especially young professionals and families wishing to start a new life, different from the…

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FINLAND’S ONLY GHOST TOWN

Jussaari is located 20 kilometres from the continental Finland, and it lies on an island bearing the same name. For hundreds of years the island has served as a brief stopping place for ships due to its vital location in the middle of sea routes. Earliest written documentation about Jussaari dates back to 1240. Jussaari is rich in iron ore. In fact there is so much of it that it even causes magnetic distraction for compasses which had been the main reason behind many shipwrecks during history. It has always…

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