Arsenāls Exhibition Hall

Old Rīga

Behind a row of granite heads depicting Latvia's most prominent artists, the imperial arsenal, constructed in 1832 to store weapons for the Russian tsar's army, is now a prime spot for international and Latvian art exhibitions.

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