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Latvia is located in the Baltic regions in Northern Europe. It is bordering Estonia to the north, Lithuania to the south and Belarus and Russia to the east. Sweden is located to the west of Latvia across the Baltic Sea.
Republic of Latvia is a member of European Union (EU) since 2004. It is also a member of NATO since 2004. The capital of Latvia is Riga which is also its largest city. The official language of Latvia is Latvian. It has a population of approximately 2.2 million people. Approximately 60% of the population are ethnic Latvians and approximately 28% are Russians. Latvia has a total area of approximately 65,000 square kilometres. Laima Clock (photo above) is one of the popular tourist attractions in Riga. The historic centre of Riga has been listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997.
The following are two of our favourite tourist attractions in Latvia:-
The House of Blackheads (Melngalvju nams) is located at the Town Hall Square right in the heart of the Old Town of Riga. It is a landmark of Riga and a very popular tourist attraction. It is one of the most beautiful architectural buildings in the Old Town of Riga.
The original House of Blackheads dates back to the 14th century. It was erected for the members of the Blackheads who were young unmarried merchants from several North European and Baltic countries such as Estonia and Latvia. The original Gothic style building was destroyed in the Second World War and the present reconstructed building was erected only in 1999.
The House of the Blackheads today is home to a museum, Riga's Tourist Information Office and a concert hall. The area around the Town Hall Square is a favourite meeting place for the locals.
The Freedom Monument (Brivibas Piemineklis) is located at Brivibas Street at Freedom Boulevard (Brivibas bulvaris) near the Laima Clock at the edge of the Old Town in Riga. It was erected in 1935 to dedicate to freedom and in honour of the soldiers killed during the Latvian War of Independence between 1918 and 1920. The monument was designed by famous Latvian sculptor Karlis Zale. It was constructed of copper and granite. The monument is the tallest of its kind in Europe! It is regarded as a landmark of the city of Riga.
The Freedom Monument is topped by a statue of liberty holding three stars in outstretched hands. The three star symbolise the three regions of Latvia, i.e. Kurzeme (Courland), Vidzeme (Livland) and Latgale (Lettgallen). The monument has survived four decades of Soviet's rule and many wonder why the Soviets did not demolish it! The area around the monument has also been used for public gatherings and demonstrations in the past! Don't miss the Freedom Monument when you are in Riga for your vacation!
Except for the Riga Radio & TV Tower, the tall structures of the bridges along Daugava River, the tall Freedom monument,... more travel advice
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