A LITTLE ABOUT RIGA
Riga is only one hour fight from
Stockholm or Helsinki and 2 hours fight from London or Frankfurt. It is right on
Baltic coast in the middle of Baltic States countries, in the North of Poland
and in the South of Finland.
|The beautiful Old
Town, Riga is less than a mile squire. All
the streets are made of cobblestones and very narrow. The entire Old Town is
just like one giant maze. You can go everywhere on foot. The majority of buildings
are stone built,
reflecting the wealth of the medieval city.
|The Old Town has conserved many
of these buildings with their narrow façades, such as the fifteenth
century "House of the Three Brothers." There are several medieval
churches in the old city. The cathedral, begun in 1211, was subject to
numerous additions and renovations in the late Middle Ages and the modern
era, which explains the mix of Roman, Gothic, Mannerist, Baroque,
Classical and Neolithic elements to be seen in it today. Another medieval
church, dedicated to Saint Peter, was badly damaged during World War II
but its remarkable spire still marks the city’s skyline.
||The Old Town may be historically old
but there are a whole lot of trendy restaurants, boutiques, night clubs, and
designer coffee shops. Accommodations in Riga are superb as well. You don't
have to give up any of your luxury tastes, if you can afford
Once you exit from the Old
Town, you notice the signs of distraction and poverty of the former Soviet
Union era. Latvia is poor.
In 1201 AD, German crusaders
conquered Latvia and Riga was founded. In 1629, Sweden conquered Latvia and Riga
became the biggest city in the Sweden's kingdom. From 1921 to
1940, after under a few countries' occupation, Latvia became independent
for a short period but in 1944, Soviets occupied Latvia again and started
deportation of Latvians during and after WWII. Latvia lost 35% of its
population to war, deportation, exile, and mass murder.
Language: Latvian, Russian, English and some German
Population: 2.5 mil.;52% Latvian, 34% Russian, Byelorussians, Ukrainians, Lithuanian and Polish.
Riga Population: 890,000
1. History of Riga
2. Map of Riga
3. More facts about Riga
Please call Riga office now, due to a private tour.
171 Pier Ave. #259
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Tel: (country code 371) 721-2669
Cel: (country code 371) 950-5658
Vecpilsetas 3 Suite #2, Riga