Ziepniekkalns is a neighborhood of the city of Riga in the Zemgale district. The neighborhood is located a few kilometers west of the left bank of the Daugava River, the so called Pārdaugavā. In large parts, Ziepnikkalns is a district that was planned and built in the 1970s and 1980s. Older parts goes back to the 18th century and it was called in German language Seifenberg. The center of Ziepniekkalns is the Ēbelmuiža Park, in the eastern part of which is the thickest oak in Pārdaugava. The modern Ziepnikkalns was built as a typical microrajon with multi-storey apartment houses, shops, schools and all things of daily use. But Ziepnikkalns also consists of detached houses.
Ziepnikkalns is now one of the larger residential areas in the city of Rīga. More than 33,000 people live here on an area of around 11 square kilometers. At the time of its planning, this neighborhood was one of the most ambitious housing projects in the former Soviet Union. Due to the collapse of the USSR, the detailed plan of the Ziepniekkalns residential area was not fully implemented. During the second half of the 19th century industrial enterprises began to grow in Ziepniekkalns. In the 1970s a large industrial center was constructed in the neighborhood.
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