Riga – Latvia

Riga is one of the most beautiful and fascinating European capitals, baptized as “city of museums” (it hosts 50) and as “Paris of the Baltic”, it is the capital of Latvia and is among the most visited in Europe.

Riga has a population of about 700,000 inhabitants, including Latvians, Belarusians, Polish Russians and Ukrainians. 

The Latvian capital is particularly known and famous for its characteristic Art Nouveau architecture scattered throughout the city, especially in the historic center. This disturbing city overlooks the Baltic Sea, crossed by the Daugava River which gives it a completely unique charm; it is the cultural, economic and political center of the whole country.

Riga was founded in 1201 by Bishop Albrecht Von Buxthoeven; during the thirteenth century Riga reached the peak of its splendor thanks to the entry into the Asseatic League, precisely in 1282. Later the city became part of the Russian Empire after suffering Polish and Swedish hegemony.

Only in 1991 Riga returned to being the capital of independent Latvia, splitting from the Soviet Union.

The historic center of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is characterized by a unique and engaging atmosphere, also animated by the presence of typical and modern shops, restaurants and clubs. Among the many wonders that Riga offers are two symbolic monuments of this magical Baltic Republic: the Church of St. Peter and the Cathedral.

The church of St. Peter in Riga is one of the oldest and most valuable monuments of Gothic architecture in the Baltic Countries and has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1997. The Church of St. Peter was born as a Catholic church and with the advent of the Lutheran Reformation of 1523, the church was consecrated to the Protestant rite.

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