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The city was founded together with the erection of the monastery in 1190. It became member of the Hanseatic League in 1282 and because of its strategic position between Central Europe and Russia it developed into an important commercial centre. Over the centuries different rulers left their fingerprints in Riga, which can still be seen in its architecture.
After World War I, the independence of Latvia was proclaimed and Riga became capital. The country was incorporated into the Soviet Union in 1940 and became independent in 1991 with again Riga as capital.

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  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • tini58de's Profile Photo
    Sep 1, 2007 at 3:05 PM

    In 3 Wochen sind wir schon da!!! Nice page, Christian!

  • novsco61's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2005 at 11:55 PM

    I've been to Riga 15 years ago. I will definitely visit it again one summer.Nice pages and photos.

  • roamer61's Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2004 at 7:59 AM

    Great pages. Good info and pics.

  • Oct 18, 2004 at 7:03 PM

    Excellent page! Lots of good photos and tips!

  • grets's Profile Photo
    Sep 22, 2004 at 3:48 AM

    Really excellent page - I hope to get to Riga one day. Strange story about monks WANTING to be walled in. ??? Thanks for visiting my external web site :-)

  • german_eagle's Profile Photo
    Jul 31, 2004 at 4:08 AM

    Riga is a jewel of a city! My cousin is there right now and he sounds quite enthusiastic about it. Guess I know why now.

  • LanaFromRiga's Profile Photo
    Jul 21, 2004 at 6:36 AM

    Greetings from Riga! Your Riga's Page is great!

  • Rok's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2004 at 5:09 PM

    Hmm, interesting legend about church of St john...

  • Beograd's Profile Photo
    Mar 29, 2004 at 10:23 PM

    Great page :)))

  • tashka's Profile Photo
    Jan 19, 2004 at 2:36 AM

    Great tips! I love Riga, been there twice. And yes, the statue in the picture is really for the Bremen Town Musicians.


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