Those, who are familiar with the history of Riga, are clear about the expression 'Riga is the city that constantly has to be liberated'. This trade center, founded by German merchantmen, got through various regimes and historical events. Independence of 1918, coming of Red Army in 1940, Independence of 1991 and finally joining EC – all this left an imprint on the outlook of the city.
Appearance of the political, cultural and economical centre of the country is created by fabulous buildings of modern style, marvelous parks and, of course, typical Soviet houses. The old city is declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it's not surprising: all these amazing houses, small shops and cozy restaurants are real masterpieces. The city on the Daugava can boast of a large number of museums, which attract so many tourists. Riga has the reputation of the most expensive Baltic city. But nevertheless this city is worth visiting.
Great Guild Hall and Small Guild Hall.
Great Guild was founded in the 14th century, but the building was rebuilt for many times. Nowadays there takes place 'National Concert Hall'. The modern building of Small Guild was projected in 1866, and in 2000 it was restored for the last time. Its interior is very luxurious: amazing stained-glass windows, posh chandeliers, walls, decorated with the images of Riga sights.
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