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Address: 11 Tornu iela,, Riga, Latvia
Description: This is the only surviving city gate of Riga, which was built into the...
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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Archway which leads to several nice cafes

Truly it is just a small archway which leads from Torņu to Aldara street on which there are several nice, little cafes. You will be able to choose on which suits you better. If I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 16, 2015
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Riga, Latvia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Truly it is just a small archway which leads from Torņu to Aldara street on which there are several nice, little cafes. You will be able to choose on which suits you better. If I remember correct it is the one and only gate that remains standing among Riga's old fortification walls.

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Ventspils, Latvia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

You are sure to pass this but it's worth being prepared to help you peek into the city's history and walk through. The last of many such gates, it's very handsome and classic.

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Turku, Finland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

I was,strolling around in old town just looking at the old buildings and I had passed this gate several times without realizing its history. Later on I specifically searched for this gate after reading the history just to realize that it was the same gate. I stood a long time just watching people passing by, several of them in the... More 

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Naples, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

if you are short of time, you can miss it. It is just a simple a small archway, not so easy to find/recognize. It was built when the city was under the Swedish crown control, that explains why it is called the Swedish Gate. Today it is the only gate that remains standing among Riga's all old fortification walls.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

If you don't do a walking tour or do some prior reading, you will miss the point about this gate. I was brought here as the final stop on a walking tour of Riga Old Town. The gate was built in 1698 when most of Riga was under Swedish control. The lion above the gate represents the Swedish monarchy. If... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

This is a small archway. That's about it. The only reason I would give it 3 stars is because I visited it as part of a tour and thus learned a fair bit about the history behind it, which made it more interesting. Woe betide those who just rock up here and are expected to appreciate it - it doesn't... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

It's worth a short visit if just to see the oldest remaining part of the old town. There is an interesting view of the street ahead from where the arch ends in mid air.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

It's certainly worth wandering through here as you explore Riga. A quick stop to admire the design is sufficient. The adjacent streets are also quite pretty.

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Paris, France
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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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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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Address: 11 Tornu iela,, Riga, Latvia
Location: Europe  >  Latvia  >  Riga Region  >  Riga

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