Clarion Collection Hotel Valdemars
K. Valdemara iela 23
Phone: (371) 67 33 44 62
Fax: (371) 67 33 44 62
Rīgas Centrālā bibliotēka (Riga Central Library) is a public and administrative hub in Riga. Vast expanses of information rest in the cupboards of this library. It stocks up a wide spectrum of books, magazines, journals, encyclopedias, research reports, manuals, dictionaries, a plethora of media publications and much more. The video library is equally exhaustive with video clips and audio-video material available on everything under the sun. The catalog system is highly impressive and keeps services well organized at the library. Rīgas Centrālā bibliotēka is most visited by students, researchers, academicians and bureaucrats. Welcome to the ocean of knowledge! Call for more information.
This is a complex of entertainment comprising of a casino, nightclub, restaurant and bar. The casino claims to have the largest slot hall in the Baltic. Various entertaining performances are also hosted here. The night club called Fashion is one of the main dance floors of the city. The Sports Bar offers a variety of drinks and a relaxing atmosphere to enjoy sporting action on a big screen. Restaurant Moda Cafe offers European cuisine in a nice interior. Check the website for details on prices and open hours.
From the end of the 19th Century to the beginning of the 20th Century, many new buildings were constructed in the New City. This was also the time when a new style in architecture and other visual arts, the so-called Art Nouveau or Jugendstil, appeared and dominated in Riga. Luckily, this architectural treasure of New Riga was not destroyed during World War II. Today the elements of Art Nouveau can be seen on many houses throughout the city center. Alberta iela boasts a collection of Jugendstil masterpieces, constructed by M. Eizenšteins. Elizabetes iela 33 and Strēlnieku iela 4a are also fine examples of beautifully decorated and artistically expressive Art Nouveau buildings.
The Freedom Monument, a symbol of independent Latvia, was designed by the well-known Latvian architect Kārlis Zāle and constructed in 1931–1935 on money donated by the citizens of Latvia. The image of Liberty, a woman is holding three stars in stretched hands, symbolizes the historical parts of Latvia: Kurzeme, Vidzeme and Latgale. The monument somehow managed to survive the Communist era when laying flowers at the base of it could result in exile to Siberia. Restored in 2001, it is now a well-loved monument, visited by many.
The Swedish Gate built in 1698 after the Swedish occupation of Riga is the only gate to survive and retain its original looks. It was built in the fortification wall, surrounding the old city. Most of the wall was destroyed in the 1800s in order to improve traffic communication in the economically flourishing city. The city executioner lived in the rooms above the gate at that time. According to the legend, there was a red rose in his window above the gate every night before an execution.
First mentioned in 1330 as the Sand Tower (Smilšu tornis), this is the only tower from Riga fortification wall that has been preserved. It was the largest tower protecting the land entry into the city – from the side of the Smilšu iela, which was the only land entry into the city bordered by water. In the 17th Century it became a gunpowder warehouse and thus gained its current name. Cannonballs were also kept in the three-meter-thick walls. Nowadays, the Museum of War is located in the tower.
As the story of the building goes, it once belonged to a rich Latvian merchant who was excluded from the Great Guild, ruled by the Germans. He ordered two cat sculptures to be placed on the points of the house towers with their raised tails facing the Great Guild in order to insult his enemies. After a lengthy court battle the disagreement was resolved, the sculptures turned around and the owner of the house was admitted to the Guild.
This is an architectural ensemble of three houses built at different times and therefore capturing the town's architectural history. The White Brother built in the 15th Century is the oldest of the three houses and the most medieval one. It is the only building that survived originally from that time. The Yellow Brother was built in 1646, which is seen on the facade, and the Green Brother – in the middle of the 18th Century. A long time ago backers lived in these houses; at present, the Latvian Museum of Architecture, founded in 1994, is housed in the eldest brother.
Great Guild originally was a union of German merchants founded in 1354. The first building of the union dated back to the 14th Century. In the course of history it was enlarged several times, both the exterior and the interior altered. Various ceremonies and celebrations were held there. In the middle of the 19th Century it was rebuilt. The Muenster Hall, built in 1330 has practically been preserved in the original form. Due to this it is the oldest section of a public building in the Baltic region. The building represents English Gothic architecture. It was reconstructed in 1965. Today it is a concert hall.
The modern building of the Small Guild, a union on the city's craftsmen founded in the 13th Century, was built in 1864-1866, with ongoing interior decoration. The building was restored in 1999-2000 according to the archive materials and preserved photographs. All sorts of cultural and entertainment events take place there at present. Big conference rooms holding 70-300 people are available.
Formerly an ancient tribal settlement site, today Riga is one of the best places to find beautiful architectural masterpieces. A world heritage site, the Art Nouveau architectural works adorn the city and are magnificent. The city has its share of natural beauty and culture that draws millions of visitors every year. Also spelled as "Ryga", "Riika" and "Riia", the city is for, a true art and history enthusiast.
The Historic Dome square is an integral part of Latvia's history, and it is a poignant reminder of the centuries gone by. Surrounded by a number of vintage buildings like banks and cultural associations, it is inevitable that tourists to Riga encounter this square. Winter fairs, Christmas markets, Winter Solstice, street parties and festivals are held here during summers and winters.