Riga Center - The Old Town is relatively small, you can get around the main attractions of Riga in a few hours. The history of the medieval city is kept by the walls, spiers of churches, squares and centuries-old buildings. Walking along the cobblestone streets of Riga, you will recall the films shot here about Sherlock Holmes and “Seventeen Moments of Spring”. Make a stop in one of the cozy cafes to enjoy coffee with Riga balsam and check your walking route with a map.
Riga sights on the map
1. House of the Blackheads (Rātslaukums 7). Gothic building on Town Hall Square was built in the XV century. and rented by the Blackhead Society (unmarried merchants). During the Second World War, the House of the Blackheads was completely destroyed, rebuilt in 1999. In the evening, the building is beautifully illuminated.
Old city. St. Peter's Church
2. St. Peter's Church (Skārņu iela 19). This tallest church in Latvia is named after the patron saint of Riga, St. Peter. The height of the spire is 122 m. Panoramic views of the city open from the observation platform. Lutheran church services are held and exhibitions are held. The building was restored and rebuilt several times after fires and bombings.
3. Church of St. George (Juris) (Skārņu iela 10/16). The oldest surviving wooden building in Riga was built in 1207. The church was originally owned by the Order of the Swordsmen, during the Reformation it was turned into a barn, and now it houses a museum of decorative and applied art.
4. Church of St. John (Skārņu iela 24). Since 1234, this church has been the main temple of the Dominicans, the carved head of the Dominican monk has remained on the church wall. In the altar of the church are sculptures of Saints Peter and Paul.
5. St. John's Compound (Jan Set) (area between Skārņu iela and Kalēju iela). The founder of Riga, Bishop Albert, lived in the courtyard of Jan Set. At the entrance you can see the old coat of arms of Riga and a preserved fragment of the fortress wall.
6. Courtyard of the Convention (Konventa Sēta) (Kalēju iela 9/11). In the XIII century. the castle of the Order of the Swordsman was built on this site, after its destruction the land passed into the possession of the Holy Spirit Convention. The Convention opened a shelter for the poor and sick. The Convention yard burned and rebuilt several times, the last restoration was carried out in 1996. Now the medieval complex is open to visitors, and guests of the city can stay at the historic Konventa Seta Hotel.
7. Small Guild (Amatu iela 6). The Riga Small Guild has united Riga artisans since 1352. The building was built in the style of a flaming Gothic style, the interiors are rich in decoration: tiles, stained glass. The Small Guild hosts various events and concerts.
8. Great Guild (Amatu iela 5). A large guild was created in 1354 to unite Riga merchants. The modern building was built in 1854-1857. Now it houses the Riga Philharmonic.
9. "Cat house" (Meistaru iela 10). The house with black cats on the turrets is located directly opposite the guild building. There are many urban legends associated with this house, which the guide in Riga will tell you about.
10. Powder Tower (Smilšu iela 20). One of the oldest buildings in Riga and the only surviving tower of the medieval wall. The original name is Sand Tower. Now in the Powder Tower a military museum is open, and on the outer wall you can see traces of cannonballs.
View from the bastion hill to the Statue of Liberty
11. Bastion Hill (Z.A. Meierovica bulvāris 12). This bulk construction was created in the middle of the XIX century. after the demolition of the defensive shafts. Favorite place of residents and guests of Riga.
12. Jekaba Barracks (Torņa iela 4). A long barracks complex stretches along Tornja Street, bordering Old Riga. Barracks were built in the XVII century. and since then they have been rebuilt many times for the needs of different armies. The buildings of the barracks have been restored, they are occupied by beauty salons, shops and restaurants.
13. Swedish gate (Torņa iela 11). The only gates of the fortress wall preserved in Riga. The arch was cut in 1698 right in the wall of a residential building to improve communication between the parts of the city.
14. Diet Building (House of Livonia Knighthood) (Jēkaba iela 11). Built in 1867 for German nobles. After restoration of independence, the Parliament of Latvia works in it.
15. Cathedral of St. Jekab (Klostera iela 2). The first mention of the church dates back to 1225. Throughout its history, the church changed its status from rural to urban, was rebuilt in different architectural styles, and changed religion 4 times. Since 1993, St. Jacob's Cathedral has been the main Catholic church in Latvia.
16. "Three brothers" (Mazā Pils iela 17, 19, 21). A complex of three medieval buildings on Malaya Zamkova Street. Houses were built at different times from the 15th to the 17th centuries.
17. Riga castle (Pils laukums 3). The castle was laid in 1330 on the site of the destroyed old. It passed from hand to hand, collapsed, rebuilt and rebuilt. Now the castle is the residence of the President of Latvia. Riga Castle stands on the banks of the Daugava and is especially clearly visible from the water.
18. The Dome Cathedral. The Riga Dome Cathedral, founded in 1211, was the main temple of Livonia until the collapse of the Livonian Order. Its architecture combines elements of the Romanesque style, Gothic, Baroque, Art Nouveau. The Dome Cathedral is famous for its German organ, which plays during worship services and concerts.
19. Riga Museum of History and Navigation (Palasta iela 4). This is one of the oldest museums in Europe located in the former premises of the Dome Monastery. The museum was opened in 1773. The exposition consists of more than 400 thousand objects telling about the history of Riga.
20. Town Hall (Rātslaukums 1). The new building of the City Hall was built in 2003. Today the Riga City Council is operating in the City Hall. On the Town Hall Square there is a tourist information center (Rātslaukums 6), here you will find booklets and maps of Riga and Latvia, get a free consultation in Russian.