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“Old Town Riga, Latvia” 5 of 5 stars
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National History Museum of Latvia / Riga Castle
Pils 3, Riga 1050, Latvia
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Ranked #135 of 170 things to do in Riga
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Caloocan, Philippines
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“Old Town Riga, Latvia”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

Old town Riga can best be viewed atop the Latvian National Historical Museum at the bank of the Daugava river. One observes the Riga Central Market and its famous Zeppelin Hangers used as a giant fresh produce court- an attraction next to the UNESCO-protected Old Town.On the other side of the view deck, one sees the Latvian National Television building with the prominent Riga Radio and TV tower said to be the largest free standing tower in the world with three pillars and an apex of 368 meters above sea level.Another attraction is the curious mix of Soviet-era residential tower blocks in colorful red brick designs, the old church spires and the centuries-old Latvian Presidential Palace.

Visited July 2012
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Munford, Tennessee
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“Riga,Latvia A Great Discovery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

I had only heard the name Riga and had no idea about it. With a little reading,I decided to extend my trip to St.Patersburg to Latvia by overnight train-only for the brave,otherwise fly.
The OldTown of Riga runs for blocks and many ways rival Prague its unique architecture.
The most stunning building was HOUSE OF BLACKHEADS.bUILD FIRST IN 1344 IT WAS A REFUGE FOR UNMARRIED MERCHANTS.
The design of St.Peters Church and St.Joseph's Cathedral are among the many captivating structures in the charming Old Town.
Latvia has been ruled by Sweden,Poland,Germany,Russia,etc. and these nations all left their influence.
At the edge of Riga is the most unusual restaurant I've seen in the 100 countries I've visited. It's called The Windmill Reataurant for the large windmill in front. The place is massive and so welll done with literally hundreds of choices of foods,dessserts,etc. in efficient cafateria-like setting for 500 guests.

Visited May 2012
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Wollongong, Australia
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“Amazing Castle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

This is a castle on the banks of River Daugava in Riga, the capital of Latvia. The castle was founded in 1330. This structure was thoroughly rebuilt between 1497 and 1515. Upon the castle's seizure by the Swedes, they constructed spacious annexes in 1641. Its fortifications are amazing and I was impressed. A must see in Riga.

Visited October 2011
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Gambrills, MD
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“Interesting out-of-the-way museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

This small museum is one flight up from one of the offices of the President of Latvia. There are several guards pacing outside, but you can just open the front door and go up the stairs, walking past the office with the plaque on the door and continuing up the next flight of stairs to the museum. Inside you will find artefacts from the Stone Age through 1941. I thought the ancient currency and folk costumes were interesting. There was also an exhibit on education in Latvia when it was part of the Russian Empire. There was even a sign written in Russian, designed to be worn around a child's neck, reading "Today I spoke in Latvian."

Visited August 2012
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“Nice overview of Latvian history”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

Unlike what a previous reviewer said, we found that there was plenty of info in English in the form of printed overviews in each room (included with entrance fee of 2 lat). Some really interesting photos of Latvia at the end of the 1800s, complete with the artifacts that were pictured (e.g. farming implements, clothing). Also interesting to see when Latvia experienced each of the developmental ages (e.g. iron age around the 1000s... so late!). I would say this is worth a look, but do go to the Occupation and Medicine museums first if you must prioritize.

Visited March 2012
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