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Address: 11 Tornu iela,, Riga, Latvia
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This is the only surviving city gate of Riga, which was built into the city...

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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Swedish Gate (Zviedru Varti)- historical place in Old Riga

Without stories and legends, it is only a small hole/gate through the building. Swedish Gate (Zviedru Varti) - today - the small archway, situated at the end of Aldaru street, was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 30, 2015
Valdis T
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Riga, Riga, Latvia

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Riga, Riga, Latvia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Without stories and legends, it is only a small hole/gate through the building. Swedish Gate (Zviedru Varti) - today - the small archway, situated at the end of Aldaru street, was built in 1698, when most of Riga was under the Swedish occupation. It is the only gate from eight gates of Riga wall from medieval times.There are at least... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

Bit boring itself, but the area around is great for restaurants, bars and just wondering about. All the little things in Riga really add together to make a great whole

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Ogre, Latvia
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78 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

This is a very interesting peace of art you MUST see while in Riga. It is not that easy to find it, unless you know about it. Located in Old Riga between plenty of hotels and restaurants.

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Tortona, Italy
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2,463 reviews
1,966 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,009 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

It's quite easy miss this out, not being one of the top attraction of the city. I saw this Particular archway, it has something historical for the city and absolutely an important piece of architecture but knowing its story before looking for it will help you to understand what you visiting. Very old indeed maybe built centuries back. Lovely atmosphere... More 

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Jaipur, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

This small archway situated at the end of Aldaru was built in 1698 to celebrate the Scandinavian's occupation of the city. As most say, you can easily miss it if you don't pay attention to it as there is nothing fancy about this low archway. However, it has beautiful cafes nearby. Apparently, apartment above this gate belonged to city executioner.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,086 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

The gate was built in 1698 when most of Riga was under Swedish control. The lion above the gate represents the Swedish monarchy. Worth visiting but you can easily miss it unless you know what you are looking for. Pointed out on a walking tour by a local guide or we would have missed it completely.

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Riga, Latvia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 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 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 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 118 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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