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Historic Centre of Riga

Historic Centre of Riga: Riga was founded in 1201. Riga is situated on the Gulf of Riga, at the mouth of the Daugava River. Riga is the capital city of Latvia and was a rich Hanseatic City. Latvia was occupied several times by Germany and Russia. Monuments from the past have been preserved in the Historic Centre of Riga, such as the Mentzendorff House, the Russian Orthodox Cathedral, the 15th century the Three Brothers and the Jewish Synagogue. St. Peter's Church has become a cultural and art centre, its spire is the tallest church tower in Riga, an elevator takes you up to the observation deck for a spectacular view of Riga. The Riga Castle is the official residence of the president of Latvia. The Swedish Gate and the Powder Tower once were part of the defensive walls of Riga. The Freedom Monument Milda is a national shrine, honouring soldiers killed during the Latvian War of Independence (1918-1920). The Central Market of Riga is housed in five giant zeppelin hangars. The Baltic Way was a human chain linking the three Baltic States, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, in their drive for freedom. The Baltic Way was a 600 km long human chain from Tallinn to Vilnius, crossing Riga. The Baltic Way was inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. The Historic Centre of Riga was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1997.

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Historic Centre of Riga - A spectacular view of the historic centre of Riga and the Daugava River from the tower of St. Peter's Church. Its spire is the...

A spectacular view of the historic centre of Riga and the Daugava River from the tower of St. Peter's Church. Its spire is the tallest church tower in Riga. An elevator takes you up to the observation deck for an amazing view of Riga, the mouth of the Daugava River and the Riga Central Market, five former German zeppelin hangars. The Historic Centre of Riga gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1997.

  1. Historic Centre of Riga - A spectacular view of the historic centre of Riga and the Daugava River from the tower of St. Peter's Church. Its spire is the...

    A spectacular view of the historic centre of Riga and the Daugava River from the tower of St. Peter's Church. Its spire is the tallest church tower in Riga. An elevator takes you up to the observation deck for an amazing view of Riga, the mouth of the Daugava River and the Riga Central Market, five former German zeppelin hangars. The Historic Centre of Riga gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1997.

  2. Historic Centre of Riga - Historic Centre of Riga: The tower of the Riga Cathedral seen from the cloister. The rooster on top of the spire is a symbol of Riga and...

    Historic Centre of Riga: The tower of the Riga Cathedral seen from the cloister. The rooster on top of the spire is a symbol of Riga and serves also as a weathervane. The Riga Cathedral was built in the period 1211-1300, the cathedral is the largest medieval church in the Baltic States and one of the oldest religious medieval buildings in Latvia. The cathedral was modified several times.

  3. Historic Centre of Riga - Historic Centre of Riga: The cloister of the Riga Cathedral was constructed in the 13th century. The cloister is a masterpiece of the...

    Historic Centre of Riga: The cloister of the Riga Cathedral was constructed in the 13th century. The cloister is a masterpiece of the early Gothic architecture. Once, the cloister connected the Riga Cathedral to the monastery. The Riga Cathedral was built in different architectural styles such as the Romanesque, early Gothic, Baroque and the Art Nouveau styles. The Historic Centre of Riga gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage.

  4. Historic Centre of Riga - Historic Centre of Riga: The statue of Albert of Riga on the façade of Riga Cathedral. Albert of Riga, also known as Albert of...

    Historic Centre of Riga: The statue of Albert of Riga on the façade of Riga Cathedral. Albert of Riga, also known as Albert of Livonia, was the founder of both Riga and Riga Cathedral. Together with the Hanze merchants of the Baltic Sea Island of Gotland, he founded the City of Riga in 1201. Albert of Riga laid first stone of the cathedral in 1211. Riga Cathedral was built near the Daugava River.

  5. Historic Centre of Riga - Historic Centre of Riga: The Russian Orthodox Cathedral, the Nativity of Christ Cathedral. The cathedral was built in the Neo-Byzantine style...

    Historic Centre of Riga: The Russian Orthodox Cathedral, the Nativity of Christ Cathedral. The cathedral was built in the Neo-Byzantine style between 1876 and 1883. The cathedral was built during the period when Latvia was part of the Russian Empire. The onion-shaped dome is the most characteristic feature of the Russian church architecture. The onion-shape is similar to a candle flame and symbolizes the flame of faith reaching up to heaven.

  6. Historic Centre of Riga - Historic Centre of Riga: The Russian Orthodox Cathedral, also known as the Nativity Cathedral, in Riga is renowned for its icons, in gilded...

    Historic Centre of Riga: The Russian Orthodox Cathedral, also known as the Nativity Cathedral, in Riga is renowned for its icons, in gilded icon cases, three iconostases, Orthodox ornaments and frescoes. The cathedral is lighted by the traditional long Orthodox candles. Several icons were painted by Vasily Vasilyevich Vereshchagin, a famous Russian artist. The original twelve bells of the cathedral were cast in Moscow and were a gift of the Rudssian Tsar Alexander II.

  7. Historic Centre of Riga - Historic Centre of Riga: The amazing interior of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Riga. The Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Riga also...

    Historic Centre of Riga: The amazing interior of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Riga. The Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Riga also houses numerous Russian icons. During the Soviet period, the cathedral was closed, the bells were remelted, the crucifixes were removed and the cathedral was converted into a planetarium and restaurant. The Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Riga, or Nativity of Christ Cathedral, was restored in the late 1990s.

  8. Historic Centre of Riga - Historic Centre of Riga: The Three Brothers are the oldest stone houses in Riga. The Three Brothers were built at the end of the 15th...

    Historic Centre of Riga: The Three Brothers are the oldest stone houses in Riga. The Three Brothers were built at the end of the 15th century when the town of Riga established good trade relations with merchants from the Netherlands. The Dutch architecture started to influence the architecture in Riga. The Historic Centre of Riga gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1997.

  9. Historic Centre of Riga - Historic Centre of Riga: The Cat House is decorated with two statues of black cats on its roof. The Cat House was built in 1909. The legend goes...

    Historic Centre of Riga: The Cat House is decorated with two statues of black cats on its roof. The Cat House was built in 1909. The legend goes that the owner of the Cat House was denied membership to the Great Guild, he was seeking revenge and placed two angry cats on his roof, their tails towards the Great Guild Hall, a symbol of bad luck. When he finally became a member of the guild, the cats were turned around facing the Great Guild Hall.

  10. Historic Centre of Riga - Historic Centre of Riga: The Mentzendorff House is adorned with 18th century wall paintings. The house belonged to a wealthy merchant, he...

    Historic Centre of Riga: The Mentzendorff House is adorned with 18th century wall paintings. The house belonged to a wealthy merchant, he sold the best coffee in Riga. The house is a traditional family home of a wealthy household in Riga in the 17th and 18th centuries. Today, the Mentzendorff House is a museum. It houses a permanent exhibition of modern glass art and many object of the merchant family of the Mentzendorffs.

  11. Historic Centre of Riga - Historic Centre of Riga: The interior of the House of the Brotherhood of Blackheads. The Brotherhood of Blackheads was a guild for unmarried...

    Historic Centre of Riga: The interior of the House of the Brotherhood of Blackheads. The Brotherhood of Blackheads was a guild for unmarried German merchants, the original building was destroyed during WW II, the remains were demolished in 1948. The current House of the Brotherhood of Blackheads was reconstructed in the period 1995-1999. The original House of the Blackheads was built in 1334.

  12. Historic Centre of Riga - Historic Centre of Riga: The Riga Central Market is housed in five former German zeppelin hangars. After WWI, the zeppelin hangars were left by...

    Historic Centre of Riga: The Riga Central Market is housed in five former German zeppelin hangars. After WWI, the zeppelin hangars were left by the German army at Vaiņode in Latvia, they were transferred to Riga and used as the Riga Central Market. When the Riga Central Market was opened in 1930, it was the largest matket place in Europe. There are only nine zeppelin hangars remaining in the world.

  13. Historic Centre of Riga - Historic Centre of Riga: The Baroque tower of Riga Castle and the tower of Riga Cathedral. Nowadays, Riga Castle is the residence of the...

    Historic Centre of Riga: The Baroque tower of Riga Castle and the tower of Riga Cathedral. Nowadays, Riga Castle is the residence of the President of Latvia. In the Middle Ages, one of the towers of Riga Castle was part of the fortifications of Riga. The still existing Powder Tower and the Swedish Gate were also part of the fortifications of the historic town of Riga. The Riga Castle has six towers. The walls of the castle are about three metres thick.

  14. Historic Centre of Riga - Historic Centre of Riga: Guards at Riga Castle, the official residence of the President of Latvia. The castle was founded in 1330 and...

    Historic Centre of Riga: Guards at Riga Castle, the official residence of the President of Latvia. The castle was founded in 1330 and reconstructed between the 17th and 19th centuries. Riga Castle became the residence of the Latvian Government in 1938. Riga Castle is also home to several museums. The castle is situated on the banks of the Daugava River, one of the longest rivers of Latvia. The Historic Centre of Riga became an UNESCO World Heritage in 1997.

  15. Historic Centre of Riga - Historic Centre of Riga: The Freedom Monument Milda, Brīvības Piemineklis. The monument was unveiled in 1935. The Freedom Monument is a national...

    Historic Centre of Riga: The Freedom Monument Milda, Brīvības Piemineklis. The monument was unveiled in 1935. The Freedom Monument is a national shrine for Latvians in memory of the people who were deported to Siberia during the Soviet period and honouring the soldiers killed during the Latvian War of Independence in 1918-1920. The monument is also the symbol of the freedom, independence and sovereignty of Latvia

  16. Historic Centre of Riga - Historic Centre of Riga: The Peitav-Shul is the Jewish Synagogue of Riga, the synagogue was built in the Art Nouveau style in the period in...

    Historic Centre of Riga: The Peitav-Shul is the Jewish Synagogue of Riga, the synagogue was built in the Art Nouveau style in the period in 1903-1905. Under the nazi occupation during WWII, all the synagogues of Riga were burned down. The Peitav-Shul is the only synagogue of Riga that has survived. Nowafays, there are only two active synagogues in Latvia, the synagogue in Riga and the synagogue in Daugavpils.