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.
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