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.