Historic Centre of Riga

Historic Centre of Riga

Riga (/ˈriːɡə/; Latvian: Rīga, pronounced [ˈriːɡa] ) is the capital and largest city of Latvia. With 693,064 inhabitants (January 2014), Riga is the largest city of the Baltic states and home to more than one third of Latvia’s population. The city lies on the Gulf of Riga, at the mouth of the Daugava. Riga’s territory covers 307.17 km2 (118.60 sq mi) and lies between 1 and 10 metres (3.3 and 32.8 ft) above sea level, on a flat and sandy plain.

Riga was founded in 1201 and is a former Hanseatic League member. Riga’s historical centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, noted for its Art Nouveau/Jugendstil architecture and 19th century wooden architecture. The city is the European Capital of Culture during 2014, along with Umeå in Sweden. The city hosted the 2006 NATO Summit, the Eurovision Song Contest 2003 and the 2006 IIHF Men’s World Ice Hockey Championships. It is home to the European Union’s office of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC). Riga is served by Riga International Airport, the largest airport in the Baltic states.

Riga is a member of Eurocities, the Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC) and Union of Capitals of the European Union (UCEU).

Outline
Riga (/ˈriːɡə/; Latvian: Rīga, pronounced [ˈriːɡa] ) is the capital and largest city of Latvia.

Recommended world heritage video

  1. Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes (Mons)

    Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes (Mons)

  2. Val d’Orcia

    Val d’Orcia

  3. Cathedral, Alcázar and Archivo de Indias in Seville

    Cathedral, Alcázar and Archivo de Indias in Seville

  1. La Lonja de la Seda de Valencia

    La Lonja de la Seda de Valencia

  2. Historic Site of Lyons

    Historic Site of Lyons

  3. Kremlin and Red Square, Moscow

    Kremlin and Red Square, Moscow

  1. Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct

    Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct

  2. Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes

    Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes

  3. Monastic Island of Reichenau

    Monastic Island of Reichenau

  1. Works of Antoni Gaudí

    Works of Antoni Gaudí

  2. Old and New Towns of Edinburgh

    Old and New Towns of Edinburgh

  3. Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Former Abbey of Saint-Remi and Palace of Tau, Reims

    Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Former Abbey of Saint-Remi and Palace of Tau, Reims

  1. Upper Middle Rhine Valley

    Upper Middle Rhine Valley

  2. Kremlin and Red Square, Moscow

    Kremlin and Red Square, Moscow

  3. Historic Walled Town of Cuenca

    Historic Walled Town of Cuenca

  1. Semmering Railway

    Semmering Railway

  2. Mines of Rammelsberg, Historic Town of Goslar and Upper Harz Water Management System

    Mines of Rammelsberg, Historic Town of Goslar and Upper Harz Water Management System

  3. Parco Nazionale del Cilento, Vallo di Diano e Alburni

    Parco Nazionale del Cilento, Vallo di Diano e Alburni

  1. Ironbridge Gorge

    Ironbridge Gorge

  2. Old Rauma

    Old Rauma

  3. Alto Douro Wine Region

    Alto Douro Wine Region

  1. Medieval City of Rhodes

    Medieval City of Rhodes

  2. Laponian Area

    Laponian Area

  3. Schokland and Surroundings

    Schokland and Surroundings

  1. Mudéjar Architecture of Aragon

    Mudéjar Architecture of Aragon

  2. Pitons, cirques and remparts of Reunion Island

    Pitons, cirques and remparts of Reunion Island

  3. Costiera Amalfitana

    Costiera Amalfitana

  1. Wachau Cultural Landscape

    Wachau Cultural Landscape

  2. Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzin, Granada

    Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzin, Granada

  3. Wieliczka Salt Mine

    Wieliczka Salt Mine

  1. Ensemble of the Ferrapontov Monastery

    Ensemble of the Ferrapontov Monastery

  2. Medieval Town of Torun

    Medieval Town of Torun

  3. Acropolis of Athens

    Acropolis of Athens

  1. La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle, watchmaking town planning

    La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle, watchmaking town planning

  2. Renaissance Monumental Ensembles of Úbeda and Baeza

    Renaissance Monumental Ensembles of Úbeda and Baeza

  3. The Trulli of Alberobello

    The Trulli of Alberobello

  1. Gough and Inaccessible Islands

    Gough and Inaccessible Islands

  2. Central Zone of the Town of Angra do Heroismo in the Azores

    Central Zone of the Town of Angra do Heroismo in the Azores

  3. Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta

    Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta

facebook comments
Comment
To the Top