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Swedish Gate (Zviedru Varti)

Address: 11 Tornu iela,, Riga, Latvia
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Ranked #52 of 96 Attractions in Riga
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This is the only surviving city gate of Riga, which was built into the city wall in 1698 during...
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Owner 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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Melbourne, Australia
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1,522 reviews 1,522 reviews
1,333 attraction reviews
811 helpful votes 811 helpful votes
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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46 reviews 46 reviews
21 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
21 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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Singapore, Singapore
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678 helpful votes 678 helpful votes
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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5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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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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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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328 helpful votes 328 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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502 helpful votes 502 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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53 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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