The Best Historical Sites in Riga, Latvia

The Best Historical Sites in Riga, Latvia, Riga, Latvia (B)

Riga, Latvia is a historic yet cosmopolitan city located in the Baltic. As the capital city of Latvia, Riga’s Old Town is must visit to discover the city’s history, culture and vibrancy. Riga’s roots date back to 1201 as a German had a quest to conquer Latvian natives and convert them into Christianity. Since then, Latvia has been conquered by Sweden, Germany, Russia and the Soviet Union. Old Town Riga is an illustration of European history, a battle between rulers, borders and lands. 

Since its independence in 1991, Latvia is on the rise and today, one of the most precious cities in the Baltic. Be sure to explore these historical sites to learn more about Latvia and its ascension over centuries of struggle and hardship. 

This 14th Century building originated as a guild for merchants and craftsmen who were joined by a brotherhood of banquet caterers called the Blackheads. Many Blackheads were German and banded together to protect their trading rights from robbers and pirates. Later, the brotherhood partnered with the patrician elite and rose into great power. Destroyed from a bomb raid in World War II, the House of Blackheads was rebuilt in 1999. Today, this former guild homes the President of Latvia.  ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: The Best Historical Sites in Riga, Latvia
Guide Location: Latvia » Riga
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Elizabeth Kovar
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Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • House of Blackheads 
  • The Three Brothers
  • Latvian Museum of Architecture
  • Museum of Occupation
  • Central Market
  • The Freedom Monument
  • The Cat House
  • St. Peter's Church
  • a statue of a donkey, a dog, a cat
  • Swedish Gate + Old City Wall

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