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  • 1. Brīvdabas muzejs

    Museum Village

    The Open-Air Ethnographic Museum is well worth the 9-km (5-mile) trek from downtown. At this countryside living museum, farmsteads and villages...Read More

  • 2. Brīvības piemineklis


    The central Freedom Monument, a 1935 statue whose upheld stars represent Latvia's united peoples (the Kurzeme, Vidzeme, and Latgale), was the...Read More

  • 3. Doma baznīca

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    In Doma laukums (Dome Square), the nerve center of the Old Town, the stately 1210 cathedral dominates. Reconstructed over the years with Romanesque...Read More

  • 4. Melngalvju Nams

    Building/Architectural Site

    The fiercely Gothic Blackheads House was built in 1344 as a hotel for wayfaring merchants (who wore black hats). Partially destroyed during...Read More

  • 5. Nacionālā Opera

    Arts/Performance Venue

    Latvia's restored 18th-century National Opera House, where Richard Wagner once conducted, is worthy of a night out. ...Read More

  • 6. Okupācijas muzejs


    The Latvian Occupation Museum details the devastation of Latvia at the hands of the Nazis and Soviets during World War II, as well as the Latvians...Read More

  • 7. Pētera baznīca

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Towering St. Peter's Church, originally built in 1209, had a long history of annihilation and conflagration before being destroyed most recently...Read More

  • 8. Trīs Brāli


    The Three Brothers—a trio of houses on Mazā Pils—show what the city looked like before the 20th century. The three oldest stone houses in the...Read More

  • 9. Valsts mākslas muzejs


    The National Art Museum has a gorgeous interior, with imposing marble staircases linking several large halls of 19th- and 20th-century Latvian...Read More

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