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'Andrejsala: Transformation through Time' – Online History Exhibition
Andrejsala in the latter half of the 1800s, in a map by M. Siliņš "Rīga and Surroundings". Courtesy of the Museum of the History of Rīga and Navigation.

A major study of the history of the Rīga Commercial Port's district was completed in 2008, led by Jaunrīgas attīstības uzņēmums and contributed to by several other partners. The result is a comprehensive overview of the milestones of all historical periods, starting from when a river's island came into being and ending with the most recent developments. Andrejsala, as an important urban redevelopment project, requires precise and sensitive knowledge of the area's architectural, cultural and industrial heritage, especially since some of it remains standing and operating to date. One way to do that is by collecting and archiving various accounts that tell the story of this part of central Rīga.




Exhibited for one week as Andrejsala: Transformation through Time, the research project's neatly and interestingly assembled material was seen by those visiting the local Anchor Building. Now the images and written content from the exhibition is also available online in the format of a four-part presentation.


Part I: Andrejsala's OriginsRiver-engineering of the DaugavaInfrastructureRoads (pps, ~5 MB)


Part II: Land UseInterwar Period2nd World WarAndrejsala after 2nd World War (pps, ~8 MB)  


Part III: Moorage and WaterwaysPassenger Riverboat TrafficCommercial Port's ExpansionHerring Handling FacilityRīga Port's Elevators (pps, ~13 MB)


Part IV: Railway and Rīga-Krasta StationUnion's Cold-storage WarehouseAndrejsala's Power Station (pps, ~12 MB)


We're especially pleased to have cooperated with such resourceful project partners as historians Ingrīda Miklāva and Aigars Miklāvs, the Museum of the History of Rīga and Navigation, Latvenergo's Power Generation Museum and the Museum of Latvijas dzelzceļš. Some of the material was acquired thanks to the Latvian National Library and the archive of the Rīga City Council's City Development Department.



In 1877, the gap between the lower end of the Andrejs dam and the island which had been left behind by excavators or by nature itself was widened, and this allowed for the creation of a winter port for small ships – those with a draught of up to eight feet.

Most of the islands which were once in the Daugava River are long gone. Some were washed out into the sea. Some were paved. Others were joined to one of the river’s banks or the other. The islands were sometimes named for their first inhabitants or for various famous people.

Saint Andrew's Cross, Saltire, or crux decussata is a diagonal X-shaped cross in representing the Holy Apostle Andrew the First Called. It is used on flags and in symbols and signs of several countries and territories. In the 19th century, the term was also used in architecture to represent the frame of two diagonal X-shaped beams.

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