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UNESCO World Heritage

Latvia, Historic Centre of Riga

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, October 02, 2013 at 04:55:56

Location City of Riga, Latvia
Coordinates N56 57 15.012 E24 7 0.012
Property 438 ha
Date of Inscription 1997

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/852 )

Riga was a major centre of the Hanseatic League, deriving its prosperity in the 13th–15th centuries from the trade with central and eastern Europe. The urban fabric of its medieval centre reflects this prosperity, though most of the earliest buildings were destroyed by fire or war. Riga became an important economic centre in the 19th century, when the suburbs surrounding the medieval town were laid out, first with imposing wooden buildings in neoclassical style and then in Jugendstil . It is generally recognized that Riga has the finest collection of art nouveau buildings in Europe.

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House of the Blackheads, Historic Centre of Riga St. Peter's Church, Historic Centre of Riga Riga Cathedral

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