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Swedish Gate (Zviedru Varti)

11 Tornu iela,, Riga, Latvia
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Ranked #60 of 88 Attractions in Riga
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Description: This is the only surviving city gate of Riga, which was built into the city wall in 1698 during Swedish rule.
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Paris, France
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Not to be missed... Impressived width in the wall, narrow middle âge streets around and the house of the "bourreau"...!

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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68 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Don't miss it, if you are walking the old town. The gate is pretty and leads to a road with a few bars on it. Lots of souvenir shops around as well.

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St Neots, Cambs
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170 reviews 170 reviews
101 attraction reviews
221 helpful votes 221 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

As my wife is Swedish we just HAD to pay a visit to the Swedish Gate ! It will only take five minutes and is close by other attractions anyway. It is also a good photo opportunity and an interesting piece of history.

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Wakefield, MA
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245 reviews 245 reviews
175 attraction reviews
302 helpful votes 302 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

We had exhausted our list of sites to see so we walked to the Swedish Gate. It is in a pretty and quiet area of the city. There are shops and cafe's to visit. We had lunch at one of the cafe's that was through the gate. It was nice and quiet with only a few people walking by. The... More

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Toronto, Canada
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262 attraction reviews
397 helpful votes 397 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

The Swedish Gate is not remarkable in itself but it is the last surviving entranceway through the medieval walls that you'll find in Riga. The small lane that runs on the inside portion of the wall just by the gate is one of the prettiest in Riga - make sure to find it and snap a few photos.

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Riga, Latvia
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72 reviews 72 reviews
53 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

I cannot explain why this landmark is so important. Every time I show someone around we go through this gate, but actually there is nothing special about it. It is just there and it has name

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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171 reviews 171 reviews
99 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Nice part of the old city built on 1698 while the Swedes where in power. Worth to visit also the Powder tower and the cafes and gift shops on the Torna iela.

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135 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

I do not think the Swedish Gate is anything to boast about but considering how small Riga is and how few places are really worth visiting, I would say it is worth a photo.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

By itself this gate is a little above average with its story but for the most part it is a part of a lot of other little things that make Old Town interesting. A quick photo op here and you won't miss it because there is almost always someone standing in front of the gate taking photos. Once you cross... More

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Riga, Latvia
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10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2012

When in Old town (Vecriga) come to see it. If on guided tour ask your guide to tell you the story about the gate and the reason it was hacked in the residential building. Each guide may has his own story.

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