Latvia - Historic Centre of Riga

"Riga was a major centre of the Hanseatic League, deriving its prosperity in the 13th–15th centuries from the trade with central and eastern Europe. The urban fabric of its medieval centre reflects this prosperity, though most of the earliest buildings were destroyed by fire or war. Riga became an important economic centre in the 19th century, when the suburbs surrounding the medieval town were laid out, first with imposing wooden buildings in neoclassical style and then in Jugendstil. It is generally recognized that Riga has the finest collection of art nouveau buildings in Europe." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
The House of Blackheads of Riga. This building was reconstructed in 1999 as it was destroyed during WWII. Beautiful night wildlife stamps. Thanks to Laura of Riga, Latvia.

Postcard 2
Great multi-view of old town of Riga - Three Brothers, Small Guildhall, Skarnu Street, Jacob's Barrack, National Opera. Thanks to Klina for sending this nice card from Riga while on a Baltic tour.

Postcard 3
Another great panaromic card, extra long size, of Riga, the capital of Latvia (Latvija). Thanks to Mette of Norway who was visiting Riga, Latvia.

Postcard 4 Riga at night. Thanks to Emilla of Germany who visited Latvia.

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