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The majority of tourist routes in Latvia start with a visit to Riga. There’s nothing strange in that as in the capital it’s possible to see main symbols of the country and most interesting sights. The Riga Castle is one of the oldest buildings in the city. The castle was built in the 14th century and during its long history the purpose of the castle was changed several times. Today the castle is the president’s residence and location of several important museums – the Museum of Latvian History, the Museum of Foreign Art, museums of literature and music. The architectural complex named “The Three Brothers” is also a prominent landmark of Riga. These are the three buildings located on Maza Pils Street. The first building was constructed in the 15th century, and the remaining two were added a bit later. The buildings are made in same style and look quite fascinating together.
The Dome Cathedral is one of the main churches in Riga. The building of the cathedral was started in 12111 and lasted till the 18th century. A beautiful tower made in Baroque style is the signature symbol of the cathedral. The height of the tower is 90m. Right in front of the cathedral starts Dome Square that is often chosen as the location of various performances, fairs and other entertaining events. Perhaps, the Cat House is the most unusual place in Riga. There is an interesting legend connected with the building. Long time ago the house belonged to a noble citizen who, however, was not accepted to the guild. To express his protest, the citizen decorated his house with figures of cats and put cats in a particular way so that their backs were facing the guild house. The figurines of cats have remained on the building, but their position was adjusted.
Besides Riga, travellers will be interested in visiting the city of Sigulda, which is located in a beautiful national park. Sigulda medieval Castle remains the main landmark of the city. The castle was built in 1207 by Livonian Knights. Unfortunately, once a magnificent protective facility, the castle was partially damaged and now tourists can see only a part of the wall, a couple of towers and a small square. Another Latvian city, Rundale, is known mostly because of the same named palace. Rundale Palace is a beautiful baroque building constructed in the 8th century by project of famous architect Rastrelli. The palace has been turned into a museum, where guests will see collections of magnificent old furniture, mirrors, pictures and other items. There is also a rich collection of vases and sculptures made from china. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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National and city parks of Latvia
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♥   Nature Park 'Aiviekstes paliene' . On the map   Photos
♥   Nature Park 'Bauska' . On the map   Photos
♥   Nature Park 'Beberbeķi' . On the map   Photos
♥   Nature Park 'Cirīša ezers' . On the map   Photos
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Palaces in Latvia
♥   Palace 'Mitava Palace' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Rundale Palace' . On the map   Photos

Famous and uniques places in Latvia from our review series

Flower Clock in Ventspils

From the series “Enchanting flower clocks built by humans”
Travelers who plan to visit the Latvian city of Ventspils certainly have to admire the flower clock. The old Latvian town has a good tradition of decorating the streets and parks with incredible compositions of plants. Ventspils can be named the flower capital of Latvia. Not surprisingly, a variety of floral arrangements includes the luxurious flower clock. It’s situated at the intersection of Lielais Street and Kuldigas Street.

This clock doesn’t feature an impressive scale, but the beauty of the design can compete with the most famous clock in the world. Fans of the landscape art will be interested in watching other flower installations. In the Children's Town, you can see The Duck Family; floral rabbits are installed in the Adventure Park. One of the main attractions are flower … Read all
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Sightseeing in popular cities of Latvia

Riga
Three brothers. The architectural ensemble named Three Brothers , created in the XV, XVII and XVIII centuries, consists of three houses. These are the oldest stone buildings in Riga. The ensemble gives an idea of how people used to live in one of trading and artisan quarters of Riga. After a major restoration that was made in the 50s of the previous century the houses have been turned into architectural museums. Church of Maria Magdalena. The small church of Maria Magdalena was built … Read more
Liepaja
Tourists traditionally come to Liepaja to see numerous sights or visit events like music festivals. Here you will find a professional theater of the Baltic country, the largest mechanic organ, numerous churches and museums. The main sight of Liepaja is the marine guardroom – in the city is located a historical military settlement named Karosta. The people, who prefer cultural rest, will find much interesting while making a walk on the Seaside Park of Liepaja or on narrow streets of the … Read more
Ventspils
The central part of the city is the location of the so called Market Square that is traditionally popular among tourists due to large number of souvenirs, pictures and jewelry that is sold here. If you want memorable souvenirs for yourself and your friends, this is the best place to go. Along the coastal line is located Seaside Park that is stretched into several kilometers. By walking in it you can enter the Ethnographic Museum that is located nearby. In this museum you will find a rich … Read more
Liepajas Region
The most extensive and diverse excursion are offered by the region's capital; there are hundreds of unique attractions in the city of Liepaja. A distinctive feature of the city is abundance of monuments, each of which has its own unique history and is dedicated to the famous event. The city was severely damaged during the World War II; Monument to Defenders of Liepaja is dedicated to that. There are quite unusual monuments in the city, including Amber Clock and Walk of Fame dedicated to the … Read more

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