Three Brothers

Historic Building in Rīga

Tallinn has its Three Sisters, so Rīga, not to be outdone, has dubbed three of its old stone houses the Three Brothers. These architectural gems conveniently line up in a photogenic row and exemplify Old Rīga’s diverse collection of architectural styles. No 17 is over 600 years old, making it the oldest dwelling in town. The 17th-century neighbour houses temporary exhibitions, providing access to the courtyard, where decorations from lost old-town buildings are exhibited.

Note the tiny windows on the upper levels – Rīga’s property taxes during the Middle Ages were based on window size.