Riga Castle In Latvia

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Rīga Castle

Old Rīga

Built in 1330 as the headquarters of the grand master of the Livonian Order, this building has been much mutated over the years and now only looks properly castley from certain angles. It was badly damaged in a 2013 fire, but after a massive renovation it is once again the official residence of the Latvian president. Peer past the ceremonial guards out front for a peek at the inner sanctum.

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2. Arsenāls Exhibition Hall

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3. St James' Cathedral

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Built in 1225, this church has ping-ponged many times between Catholic and Protestant, and has been home to many languages and communities, including…

4. Three Brothers

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Tallinn has its Three Sisters, so Rīga has dubbed three of its old stone houses the Three Brothers. These architectural gems conveniently line up in a…

5. Art Museum Rīga Bourse

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Rīga’s lavishly restored 1852 stock exchange building is a worthy showcase for the city's art treasures. The elaborate facade features a coterie of…

6. Rīga Cathedral


Founded in 1211 as the seat of the Rīga diocese, this enormous (once Catholic, now Evangelical Lutheran) cathedral is the largest medieval church in the…

7. Swedish Gate


Built into the city’s medieval walls in 1698 while the Swedes were in power, this arched gate is the only one left in Old Rīga. Set in the largest…

8. Rīga History & Navigation Museum

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Founded in 1773 and situated in the old Rīga Cathedral monastery, this engaging museum presents the sweep of local history, from the Bronze Age all the…