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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Riga: the capital of Latvia
by Arunas Travel Photography - 1

Capital of Latvia

Riga (Latvian: Rīga) is the capital and the largest city of Latvia, located on both banks of the river Daugava which separates the city into two parts, Vecriga (Old Riga) and Pardaugava.

Five interesting facts about Rīga:

  • It was founded as a port city in 1201 by the third Bishop of Riga Albert of Livonia (1165–1229).
  • It remained the largest city in Sweden until 1710.
  • Its historical centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, noted for its Art Nouveau/Jugendstil architecture and 19th century wooden architecture.
  • The Doma Cathedral, built in about 1215, is the oldest buildings in the city.
  • It is close to the Gulf of Riga at the Baltic Sea.

Brīvības iela – the central street of Riga
Brīvības iela, Riga
Tram, Riga
Old Town Riga
Tie Old Town, Riga
Melngalvju nams
House of the Blackheads, Riga
Mazā Ģilde
The Small Guild (Neo-Gothic; built in 1864–1866), Riga
Kristus Piedzimšanas pareizticīgo katedrāle
The Nativity of Christ Orthodox Cathedral (Neo-Byzantine; built in 1876–1883), Riga
Latvijas Nacionālais teātris
The Latvian National Theatre (Eclecticism; built in 1899–1902), Riga
Art Nouveau, Riga
Art Nouveau, Riga
Brīvības piemineklis
The Freedom Monument, Riga
The Freedom Monument, Riga
Riga statues
Statue of George Armitstead (1847–1912), Riga
Latvijas Nacionālās bibliotēka
The National Library of Latvia, Riga
The Daugava River, Riga
View of Riga


1 comment

  1. The whole area looks so gorgeous! I love the architecture. Amazing photos!