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Riga Castle, Riga

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Riga Castle (Latvian: Rīgas pils) is a castle on the banks of River Daugava in Riga, the capital of Latvia. The castle was founded in 1330. Its structure was thoroughly rebuilt between 1497 and 1515. Upon the castle's seizure by the Swedes, they constructed spacious annexes in 1641. The fortress was continually augmented and reconstructed between the 17th and 19th centuries. Sometime in the 1930s, some renovation work was done by architect Eižens Laube. The Latvian government declared the castle its residence in 1938. Today it is the official residence of the President of Latvia as well as home to several museums.
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  • As castles go it's quite awful. It's mostly palace buildings, not castle. It's mostly closed off too and can't really be seen to general public most times. In my two visits to Riga I cannot say I...  more »
  • Beautiful building turned into a museum. Unfortunately no time to get inside, but there is a beautiful square next to it.  more »
  • A valuable part of Latvia culture and political history. A beautiful location to visit and chill around. Just behind is the Riverside with a amazing view of the bridge.
  • If you are lucky enough to visit the inside of the Riga Castle on that one special day of the year (for 2019 it was May 18) you're in for a treat! There are performances throughout the night and you get to see the beautiful interior of the president's home! You can see where foreign visitors are greeted and where they hold large events. Don't miss it if you happen to be in town on that day!

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