The Powder Tower

Riga, Latvia

The so-called Powder Tower originally served as one of the Riga defensive system buildings. There is no information on the exact date of the construction, but the first tower on this place was built in the 13th century. The name of a tower - Powder, has appeared later. In documents for the first time this place has been mentioned in 14th century by the name of Sand tower. The modern tower has been constructed on a boundary of 15th and 16th centuries. During the centuries it has been collapsed and later restored. The entrance of the tower was at the height of 5 meters, and it was possible to get to a tower only having walked upstairs.

After the Great Northern War the Powder Tower lost its military value. Tower reconstruction was began in the end of 19th century. The new pointed roof has been constructed. Last time the tower has endured reconstruction after the First World War when the Military museum of Latvia has been situated in it.

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Smilšu iela 20, Riga, Latvia
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Founded: 14th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Latvia
Historical period: State of the Teutonic Order (Latvia)

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The Wandering Papa (7 months ago)
An interesting place to visit. Lot of details of the military and early times as well . View is fantastic and ideal for taking a few pics. Must visit
Mary Hicks (8 months ago)
The tower is impressive and well worth stopping to take a photo. The View was awesome!
Frecky Lewis (9 months ago)
Interesting museum with a lot of military history inside. Was not very crowded when we visited.
George On tour (9 months ago)
Powder Tower (Prašná brána) This monumental entrance by which the coronation processions of Czech kings entered the Old Town is one of the most significant monuments of Late Gothic Prague. Completed in 1475, the Powder Tower, which formerly served as a gunpowder store, is still the starting point for the Coronation or Royal Route to Prague Castle. The viewing gallery is located at a height of 44 m.
Chamara Wijesinghe (11 months ago)
Not the most impressive tower but has a history behind it. If you take a tour in riga it's most likely that the guide will take you through these sites and explain you the history. If you are doing the city exploring by yourself I guess you can read about it to have a real appreciation for it.
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