"Troksnu Iela (Noise Street)" Old Town Tip by Acirfa

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  • Troksnu Iela (Noise Street) - Riga
  • Troksnu Iela (Noise Street) - Riga

Troksnu iela probably got it's name from the market that was once held in this narrow street. The street is on the inside of the old city wall which was built between the 13th and 16th century.

In times of disturbances, each part of the wall was protected by one of the city guilds; each man being was armed and had six leather buckets for use in case of fire.
Some also were equipped with salted cowhide that was used to cover on the roof to dampen the fire. The members of the Great Guild and Blackhead Organization formed cavalry companies.

In the 19th century this area was prolific with prostitutes who lived in the one-roomed houses along the street.
Apparently if a man was to clap his hands a women's heads would appear from the upper windows beckoning you to enter. The street was also littered with unconscious drunks lying in the gutter waiting for wagon that would collect them and cart them away.

On the 16 September 1620, Swedish ships sailed up the Daugava and the army entered Riga and remained for 87 years - it was during this occupation that the first newspaper, the first dictionary and the Latvian translation of the Bible took place.
There is a gate called the Swedish Gate, which was built in 1698 to celebrate the Scandinavian occupation of Riga. This is the oldest surviving portion of the old town walls.

The gate is also said to be haunted by two lovers who were immured in the walls. A young Latvian girl who fell in love with a Swedish soldier. When they were caught together they were bricked up in the gate. It is said that a sign that a person is really in love is for for them to walk throught the gate at midnight and that if they hear the two lovers chatting then they are really in love.

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  • Updated May 1, 2008
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