Kaļķu iela

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Kaļķu iela
Kaļķu iela
View of Kaļķu iela towards the city centre, from Brīvības bulvaris
Former name(s)Kalkstraße
Ļeņina iela
Length583 m (1,913 ft)
LocationRiga, Latvia
Known for the Anton Chekhov Russian Theatre of Riga

Kaļķu iela ( Lime Street) is a street in the medieval old town of Riga. The street begins at the central square Rātslaukums and goes to the North East till the borders of the historical centre. Brīvības iela and Brīvības bulvāris form a continuation of Kaļķu iela.

Lime (material) calcium-containing inorganic mineral

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The street was first mentioned in 1407. In 1950, during the Soviet occupation of Latvia, Kaļķu iela was merged with Brīvības iela and Brīvības bulvāris to form the central street of Soviet Riga that was called Lenin Street (Latvian : Ļeņina iela, Russian : улицa Ленина).

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