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Riga is the capital of Latvia, and most cosmopolitan city in the Baltic countries. In general, Riga stands out among all the other central cities in this part of Europe, especially with its incredible architecture. In Riga, located more remarkable buildings constructed in modern style than any other city in the world. This is a great architectural wealth is valued by UNESCO, which includes Riga, a World Heritage Site. Riga is the main commercial, industrial, financial and cultural center in Latvia, where there is always something to show to visitors. There are lots of really pretty women in Riga.


Riga lies on both banks of the Daugava River, just 10 miles from where it flows into the Baltic Sea. For local residents that the area is known as the Gulf of Riga south coast. Riga is the largest city in the three Baltic states: Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, is the third largest city on the Baltic Sea after St. Petersburg and Stockholm. The whole city covers an area of 307.17 square kilometers with a population in the Latvian capital of about 720,000 inhabitants. In Riga, there are two beautiful lakes that add to its charm - and Kisezers Jugla.

The first settlers of the future took place in Riga from the Finnish tribe of Levi. Initially they settled between the mouths of the rivers Daugava and Ridzen. Further expansion of the city is largely occurred because of German traders, missionaries and crusaders who came into the area during the second half of the 12th century in attracting sparsely populated territory. The ability to develop new markets and missions to convert the local population were the main reasons for their arrival in Riga. With the help of an Augustinian monk in 1190 Segeberg Maynard built the first monastery in the area. Albert led 23 ships and 1500 armed crusaders knights and landed on the coast of the Gulf of Riga and declared him their bishop. In 1201 he founded the Livonian Order (later part of the Teutonic Order), and officially announced as the city of Riga.


Riga for a long time served as a trading center for the Baltic States and Russia with the world. In 1282 joined the military union of NASA. This union was able to give Riga significant economic and political stability, thereby providing a firm basis for further shocks through which Latvia. In 1721 Riga was annexed to Russia and remained an industrial city - the port of the Russian Empire until the outbreak of World War I in 1914. August 21, 1991 Latvia declared its independence after 46 years of Soviet occupation. September 6, 1991 Russia recognized the independence of the Baltic people and Riga officially became the second independent republic with the Latvian language.


Walking through the modern capital of Riga will see the amazing historical sites, followed by no less remarkable new development and construction. Riga's Old Town is full of streets, squares and buildings built in the 16th and 17th centuries. Most of them are richly decorated with carvings and statues. One of the best examples of medieval architecture in Riga, the complex houses "Three Brothers", which represent a number of interesting buildings, the oldest of which was built in the 15th century. Among the buildings in the Old Town stands the silhouette of the old cathedral. It was built in 12-13 century and is the largest church in the Baltic Sea region.


Most of the buildings in Art Nouveau style is located around the old town of Riga. Many of these magnificent monuments can be seen on the streets, "Albert." Most of them are made by the father of the famous Russian film director Sergei Eisenstein - Mikhail Eisenstein. Among the other attractions of Riga Rīgas Pils, which houses the Museum of Latvian History, the Museum of Foreign Art. It is also very attractive Pulvertonis, which is the only defensive tower remaining from the original wall. Today, this tower you can see the War Museum of Latvia.

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