The Capital of Latvia the vibrant city of Riga is also the largest city of Latvia. Indeed it is the largest city of the Baltic States and home to one third of Latvia's population. It is located on the Gulf of Riga on a flat and sandy plain.
It is a short drive away from the famous sea resort of Jūrmala, which comes with a stunning white-sand beach.
The city a mix of Gothic architecture with art nouveau buildings is home to many bars and restaurants with great international cuisine.
The Blackheads Building is the # 1 tourist attraction in Riga
House of the Blackheads
This building built in 1334 was destroyed during the Second World War and fully restored in 1999.
This is the number one tourist spot in Riga, because there you may travel through centuries of history
Travel through the centuries at House of the Blackheads, starting with the amazing façade with various architectural styles. While inside you are transported to an era of lavish concerts that were held here in those times.
Enjoy the works of the artisans, craftsmen and antique restorers; the crystal chandeliers, the painted ceiling of the Conference Hall, the exact replicas of chairs and sofas of the 19th century; the Blackheads’ Coat of Arms, armor sets and portraits of the nobility.
Freedom Monument in Riga Capital of Latvia
Has been for years Riga’s main landmark. This is a 43 meters tall granite and copper monument, a symbol of Latvia’s fight for freedom and independence. On top the three stars held by a woman represent the three Latvia’s main region, Kurzeme, Vidzeme, and Latgale. The motto "For the Fatherland and Freedom" is inscribed upon the base.
There are a total of fifty six sculptures in four levels representing Latvia’s work ethics, spiritual strength, Latvian Riflemen and Latvian People.
This monument was designed by sculptor Kārlis Zāle and implemented by architect Ernests Štālbergs; the construction lasted for four years.
The Brothers' Cemetery also called the Cemetery of the Brethren, also referred as the Common Graves or simply as the Military Cemetery, is a military cemetery and national monument in Riga, capital of Latvia.
Museum of Foreign Art, Riga
This museum is located in Riga and was established in 1920, containing huge collection of world art from Egypt and the Middle East dating back to 5000 BC up to the present.
Riga Central Market is a UNESCO Heritage Site
Riga Central Market
Opened in 1930, it is renowned as the largest and most advanced marketplace in Europe. It is at the very heart of the Capital of Latvia. There is no other attraction like this in Europe with a diverse shopping experience and bargains from the vendors.
It is located a few hundred meters from Old Town on the banks of the Daugava River, next to the Central Railway Station and International Bus Terminal.
From 80,000 to 100,000 people visit the marketplace every single day. They visit the fabulous food pavilions and old warehouses, called Spikeri that are now a hip arts and entertainment center.
In 1998, Riga Central Market was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Located on the banks of Daugava River, it was founded in 1330. And fully refurbished between 1497 and 1515. The spacious annexes were reconstructed in 1641, and then kept being refurbished during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Today it is the official residence of the President of Latvia.
Three Brothers, Riga
This is a three building complex, that together form the oldest complex of dwelling houses in Riga. Situated at the addresses 17, 19 and 21 Maza Pils Street, each represents various periods of development of dwelling house construction.
Latvian National Museum of Art
This museum is home of the richest collection national art in Latvia, housing more than 50,000 pieces of art representing the development of art in the Baltic Republics in general and in Latvia in particular from the 18th century to the present time. It also features Russian art from the 16th to the 20th century.
The lavish interior of St Peter's Church in Riga Latvia
St Peter’s Church Riga
The more than 130 meters tall Gothic tower of St Peter’s Church was completed at the end of the 15th century, it collapsed in 1666 and rebuilt in 1690. This time it was built in a Baroque style. At that time it was the highest wooden structure in the world. Again, in 1721 a lightning struck the tower and it burned down. At the decree of Russian Tsar Peter I the tower was renovated.
Keeping with the history of destruction and rebuilding it was destroyed during the Second World War. The renovation started again in 1967, this time a metal tower with elevator was built.
Visitors are taken to the height of 72 meters of a total of 123 meters of the tower. Enjoy concerts, art exhibitions, the wooden altar and a large bronze candle holder for seven candles.
Located in the Mežaparks, on the western bank of Ķīšezers Lake, Riga Zoo houses around 4,000 animals of nearly 500 species and is visited by 300,000 visitors annually. The zoo has a branch "Cīruļi" in Liepāja District, established in 1996, with an area of 135 hectares
Latvian War Museum
This museum is located at the entrance of the Old Town and established since 1916. It is the museum of Latvian Riflemen and now the oldest museum. During the years of Soviet occupation it was closed and reopened only in 1990.
The Museum of Occupation in Riga Capital of Latvia
Occupation Museum of Latvia
This museum called in Latvian Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs, shows the history of fifty years of occupation of Latvia from 1940 to 1991. The Soviet occupation from1940 to 1941, the Nazi occupation from 1941 to 1944, and the second Soviet occupation from 1944 to 1991.
The Museum exhibitions tell us about the life in Latvia during these three occupations, about Soviet and Nazi terror and the destruction of Latvia's economy, about Soviet and Nazi totalitarian ideologies with regard to culture policy, about the Latvian residents’ opposition to the occupation regimes until Latvians regained their freedom in 1991.
The first section of exhibition tells us about the events that led to Latvia’s occupation and the cooperation between the Soviet and Nazi regimes when entering into the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact on 23 August 1939 and dividing Eastern Europe into spheres of influence.
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