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"Powder Tower - Pulvertoris" Powder Tower Tip by Airpunk

Powder Tower, Riga: 28 reviews and 50 photos

  Powder Tower, Riga
by Airpunk
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      Powder Tower, Riga
    by Airpunk
  • Powder Tower, Riga - Riga
      Powder Tower, Riga
    by Airpunk

There isn’t much left of medieval Riga – The city is better known for its art noveau architecture. Of the 18 towers from the former city wall, there’s only one left: The 14th century - Powder Tower. And that one is a little hidden too. Between all the buildings, it stands somewhere in the northeast of the old town. In 1621, the tower was heavily damaged, but in 1650 it was fully rebuilt again. As its name might suggest, it did not serve only as a defence structure, but also for the storage of gunpowder. Throughout the centuries, the purpose it was used for changed. Prison cells, torture chambers and even a party room were situated in there. Today, the museum of war (which I didn’t visit) is located in there. A couple of cannonballs can still be seen in the wall of this tower.

Directions: In the northeast of the city center

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 4, 2007
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