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Riga Art Nouveau

Art Nouveau architecture was popular in Riga, the capital of Latvia, during the late 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century – about 40% of the buildings from this time were built in this style.[33] Several substyles formed during this period. Early elements of the new style were added to Eclectic architecture forming […]

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Riga

Founding The river Daugava has been a trade route since antiquity, part of the Vikings’ Dvina-Dnieper navigation route to Byzantium. A sheltered natural harbour 15 km (9.3 mi) upriver from the mouth of the Daugava — the site of today’s Riga — has been recorded, as Duna Urbs, as early as the 2nd century.It was […]

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Riga Old Town

Sightseeing in Riga Old Town with its narrow picturesque streets, paved with cobblestones, full of numerous romantic restaurants, bars, souvenir shops, picture galleries, museums and historical objects of Gothic, Eclectic, Baroque & Art Nouveau architecture such as Blackheads House, Town Hall, St.Peters, St.Johans, St.Jacobs churches and the Dome Cathedral, Swedish Gate, Big and Small Guilds, […]

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Riga Motor musem

The Riga motor Musem, the oldest and biggest historic vehichle musem in the Baltic States, opened it’s doors in 1989, thanks to the efforts of enthusiasts of the Antique automobile Club of Latvia, founded in 1972. The building of the Riga Motor Musem has been designed and constructed especially for the needs of the musem […]

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Riga – Brothers Cemetery

The Brothers’ Cemetery or Cemetery of the Brethren (Latvian: Brāļu Kapi), also sometimes referred to in English as the Common Gravesor simply as the Military Cemetery, is a military cemetery and national monument in Riga, capital of Latvia. The cemetery is a memorial to and burial ground for thousands of Latvian soldiers who were killed […]

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Turaida

The castle was constructed in the Brick Gothic style in 1214 under Albert,[1] archbishop of Riga, on the site of the destroyed wooden castle of the Livonian leader Caupo of Turaida. Construction and development of the fortifications continued to the 17th century, when the castle started to lose its strategic importance. It was badly damaged […]

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Sigulda

Sigulda is situated on a picturesque stretch of the primeval Gauja river valley. Because of the reddish Devonian sandstone which forms steep rocks and caves on both banks of the river, Sigulda has been called the “Switzerland of Vidzeme”. After the restoration of Latvian independence in 1991, an emphasis was placed on conserving Sigulda’s public […]

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Jurmala

The city of Jūrmala actually consists of a string of small resorts. From west to east, these include Ķemeri, Jaunķemeri, Sloka, Kauguri, Vaivari, Asari, Melluži, Pumpuri, Jaundubulti, Dubulti, Majori, Dzintari, Bulduri and Lielupe. The area now comprising the city of Jūrmala was formerly part of Riga, known as Rīgas Jūrmala. Some parts of the area, […]

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Bauska

The territory around Bauska was originally inhabited by Semigallian tribes. In the mid-15th century, Bauska castle was built by Germans of the Livonian Order. The city started developing in its present day location around 1580, receiving its city rights in 1609. After the Livonian War Bauska became part of the Duchy of Courland. The castle […]

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Rundāle

It was constructed in the 1730s to a design by Bartolomeo Rastrelli as a summer residence of Ernst Johann von Biron, the Duke of Courland. Following Biron’s fall from grace, the palace stood empty until the 1760s, when Rastrelli returned to complete its interior decoration. After Duchy of Courland and Semigallia was absorbed by the […]

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Estates in Kurzeme

History Early history In ancient times the Curonians, a pagan tribe, inhabited Courland. The Brethren of the Sword, a German military order, subdued the Curonians and converted them to Christianity in the first quarter of the 13th century. In 1237 the area passed into the rule of the Teutonic Knights owing to the amalgamation of […]

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Šiauliai

The city was first mentioned in written sources as Soule in Livonian Order chronicles describing the battle of Saule. Thus the city’s founding date is now considered to be September 22, 1236, the same date when the battle took place, not far from Šiauliai. At first it developed as a defense post against the raids […]

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Hill of Crosses

Over the centuries, the place has come to signify the peaceful endurance of Lithuanian Catholicism despite the threats it faced throughout history. After the 3rd partition of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth in 1795, Lithuania became part of the Russian Empire. Poles and Lithuanians unsuccessfully rebelled against Russian authorities in 1831 and 1863. These two uprisings are […]

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Curonian spit

The Curonian Spit (Lithuanian: Kuršių nerija, Russian: Куршская коса, German: Kurische Nehrung, Latvian: Kuršu kāpas) is a 98 km long, thin, curved sand-dune spit that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea coast. Its southern portion lies within Kaliningrad Oblast,Russia and its northern within southwestern Lithuania. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site shared […]

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Klaipeda

Klaipėda (pronounced [ˈklaɪpeːda] ( listen); German: Memel) is a city in Lithuania situated at the mouth of the Danė River where it flows into the Baltic Sea. It is the third largest city in Lithuania and the capital of Klaipėda County. The city has a complex recorded history, partially due to the combined regional importance […]

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Riga Art Nouveau

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Art Nouveau architecture was popular in Riga, the capital of Latvia, during the late 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century – about 40% of the buildings from this time were built in this style.[33] Several substyles formed during this period. Early elements of the new style were added to Eclectic architecture forming […]

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Riga

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Founding The river Daugava has been a trade route since antiquity, part of the Vikings’ Dvina-Dnieper navigation route to Byzantium. A sheltered natural harbour 15 km (9.3 mi) upriver from the mouth of the Daugava — the site of today’s Riga — has been recorded, as Duna Urbs, as early as the 2nd century.It was […]

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Riga Old Town

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Sightseeing in Riga Old Town with its narrow picturesque streets, paved with cobblestones, full of numerous romantic restaurants, bars, souvenir shops, picture galleries, museums and historical objects of Gothic, Eclectic, Baroque & Art Nouveau architecture such as Blackheads House, Town Hall, St.Peters, St.Johans, St.Jacobs churches and the Dome Cathedral, Swedish Gate, Big and Small Guilds, […]

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Riga Motor musem

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The Riga motor Musem, the oldest and biggest historic vehichle musem in the Baltic States, opened it’s doors in 1989, thanks to the efforts of enthusiasts of the Antique automobile Club of Latvia, founded in 1972. The building of the Riga Motor Musem has been designed and constructed especially for the needs of the musem […]

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Riga – Brothers Cemetery

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The Brothers’ Cemetery or Cemetery of the Brethren (Latvian: Brāļu Kapi), also sometimes referred to in English as the Common Gravesor simply as the Military Cemetery, is a military cemetery and national monument in Riga, capital of Latvia. The cemetery is a memorial to and burial ground for thousands of Latvian soldiers who were killed […]

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Turaida

turaida castle

The castle was constructed in the Brick Gothic style in 1214 under Albert,[1] archbishop of Riga, on the site of the destroyed wooden castle of the Livonian leader Caupo of Turaida. Construction and development of the fortifications continued to the 17th century, when the castle started to lose its strategic importance. It was badly damaged […]

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Sigulda

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Sigulda is situated on a picturesque stretch of the primeval Gauja river valley. Because of the reddish Devonian sandstone which forms steep rocks and caves on both banks of the river, Sigulda has been called the “Switzerland of Vidzeme”. After the restoration of Latvian independence in 1991, an emphasis was placed on conserving Sigulda’s public […]

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Jurmala

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The city of Jūrmala actually consists of a string of small resorts. From west to east, these include Ķemeri, Jaunķemeri, Sloka, Kauguri, Vaivari, Asari, Melluži, Pumpuri, Jaundubulti, Dubulti, Majori, Dzintari, Bulduri and Lielupe. The area now comprising the city of Jūrmala was formerly part of Riga, known as Rīgas Jūrmala. Some parts of the area, […]

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Bauska

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The territory around Bauska was originally inhabited by Semigallian tribes. In the mid-15th century, Bauska castle was built by Germans of the Livonian Order. The city started developing in its present day location around 1580, receiving its city rights in 1609. After the Livonian War Bauska became part of the Duchy of Courland. The castle […]

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Rundāle

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It was constructed in the 1730s to a design by Bartolomeo Rastrelli as a summer residence of Ernst Johann von Biron, the Duke of Courland. Following Biron’s fall from grace, the palace stood empty until the 1760s, when Rastrelli returned to complete its interior decoration. After Duchy of Courland and Semigallia was absorbed by the […]

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Estates in Kurzeme

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History Early history In ancient times the Curonians, a pagan tribe, inhabited Courland. The Brethren of the Sword, a German military order, subdued the Curonians and converted them to Christianity in the first quarter of the 13th century. In 1237 the area passed into the rule of the Teutonic Knights owing to the amalgamation of […]

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Šiauliai

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The city was first mentioned in written sources as Soule in Livonian Order chronicles describing the battle of Saule. Thus the city’s founding date is now considered to be September 22, 1236, the same date when the battle took place, not far from Šiauliai. At first it developed as a defense post against the raids […]

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Hill of Crosses

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Over the centuries, the place has come to signify the peaceful endurance of Lithuanian Catholicism despite the threats it faced throughout history. After the 3rd partition of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth in 1795, Lithuania became part of the Russian Empire. Poles and Lithuanians unsuccessfully rebelled against Russian authorities in 1831 and 1863. These two uprisings are […]

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Curonian spit

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The Curonian Spit (Lithuanian: Kuršių nerija, Russian: Куршская коса, German: Kurische Nehrung, Latvian: Kuršu kāpas) is a 98 km long, thin, curved sand-dune spit that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea coast. Its southern portion lies within Kaliningrad Oblast,Russia and its northern within southwestern Lithuania. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site shared […]

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Klaipeda

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Klaipėda (pronounced [ˈklaɪpeːda] ( listen); German: Memel) is a city in Lithuania situated at the mouth of the Danė River where it flows into the Baltic Sea. It is the third largest city in Lithuania and the capital of Klaipėda County. The city has a complex recorded history, partially due to the combined regional importance […]

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