Discover Latvia: Photo Walk in Rīga

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 Riga:

  • 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

Have you been to Riga? Feel free to post a comment below.


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