Riga Old Town

Riga, Latvia

Riga Old Town (Vecrīga) is the historical center of Riga, Latvia, located on the east side of Daugava River. Vecrīga is famous for its old churches and cathedrals, such as Riga Cathedral and St. Peter's church.

Vecrīga is the original area of Riga and consists of the historic city limits before the city was greatly expanded over the years. In the old days, Vecrīga was protected by a surrounding wall except the side adjacent to the Daugava river bank. When the wall was torn down, the waters from Daugava filled the space creating Riga City Canal.

In the 1980s Vecrīga's streets were closed to traffic and only area residents and local delivery vehicles are allowed within Vecrīga's limits with special permits. Vecrīga is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site listed as "Historic Centre of Riga".



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Founded: 13th century
Category: Historic city squares, old towns and villages in Latvia
Historical period: German Crusades (Latvia)

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Monika Kazlauskaitė (2 years ago)
We have been looking for pet friendly hotel and we glad that we found this place! Staff was friendly, room was very tidy and causy. They didin’t charge extra for dog staying. Breakfast was also very nice - good variety of food. Very good location. We used underground parking which was very close to hotel.
Ant Rich (2 years ago)
Super boutique hotel with all 5 stars facilities and top customer service. I love that place and highly recommend it to anyone. You will never be disappointed.
Trystan Dafydd (2 years ago)
Nice hotel. Wi-Fi was not amazing and we had issues with the television in the room. Good breakfast spread with loads of options. Decent gym.
Dominyka Andzejevska (2 years ago)
In 2020 June 1 was promised a full refund in 90 days for the canceled trip because of Covid. It's 2022 and still no refund... All the emails are ignored. So be careful planning your trip to this hotel.
zigurds skrastins (3 years ago)
Great hospitality and amazing breakfasts. Nice pool area with view of the city. Perfect location in old town.
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The Church of the Holy Cross

The church of the former Franciscan monastery was built probably between 1515 and 1520. It is located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Old Rauma. The church stands by the small stream of Raumanjoki (Rauma river).

The exact age of the Church of the Holy Cross is unknown, but it was built to serve as the monastery church of the Rauma Franciscan Friary. The monastery had been established in the early 15th century and a wooden church was built on this location around the year 1420.

The Church of the Holy Cross served the monastery until 1538, when it was abandoned for a hundred years as the Franciscan friary was disbanded in the Swedish Reformation. The church was re-established as a Lutheran church in 1640, when the nearby Church of the Holy Trinity was destroyed by fire.

The choir of the two-aisle grey granite church features medieval murals and frescoes. The white steeple of the church was built in 1816 and has served as a landmark for seafarers.