Riga-Latvia-Modernist civilization


by Stewart Rafael
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Riga is a port city on the Baltic Sea is crossed by the river Daugava and has a population of about 800,000 people, of the nearly 2.5 million how is Latvia. At hotel reception I took a map and a guide inyourpocket and started to walk . Emblematic of the city is the Church of St. Paul which is said to be the most representative example of Gothic architecture in the Baltic countries . About the church tower is said to be cursed because it was destroyed and rebuilt several times throughout its existence. Riga Castle , is another tourist attraction , home to two museums and Latvian president’s residence . St. John was originally a Dominican monastery , later converted to a Reformed church . The city's Cathedral was built by bishop Albert in 1211 and is the largest cathedral in the Baltic countries. Pay attention to shoes because it is paved with cobblestones!

In Riga you can buy "Riga Card" and a "Sightseeing City Tour Buss" under the hop-on hop-off with audio guide costs about 12 euro for an hour and a half. A walking tour through the old town with a guide, costs 24 euros and lasts 1 hour,30’. They call Riga the Paris of the North, and not just because Television tower which resembles the Eiffel Tower but the architectural beauty of its buildings, which is a mixture of medieval, classical, and Art Nouveau. No clerk architecture, Stalin is missing in the city, but not in Old-Town. I stayed at Hotel Latvija belonging to the Radisson Blu hotel chain and is located at the entrance to the Old Town. Double room price was around 120 € with breakfast included. I recommend Blackheads Occupation Museum, worth visiting,  a boat ride on the Daugava is also interesting, to buy amber and an excursion by train to Jurmala Beach (30 minutes )

Riga is a beautiful city with much history with outstanding museums and parks. I was fascinated by the old center. There you can get lost for a few hours and not realize how time passes. City cleanliness and friendliness of the inhabitants is quite natural for the capital of Latvia.

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Lolla Lolla
26 Jan 2014 15:15
Riga was much more to offer...so I would have liked the article to be more fully...
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