Small & Great Guild Hall

Riga, Latvia

During the centuries of German economic domination, the guilds were Riga's power brokers. The former, dating from 1384, was the home of the merchants, while the latter held the city's artisans. These slightly different audiences are reflected in the respective usage of the buildings today: while the Great Guild is home to the Latvian Symphony Orchestra, its smaller cousin hosts conferences and the occasional disco. The Small Guild is now also open to the public during the day for a small admission fee of 1Ls.

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Amatu iela 3-5, Riga, Latvia
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Founded: 1384
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Latvia
Historical period: State of the Teutonic Order (Latvia)

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4.6/5 (based on Google user reviews)

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Ning Ding (8 months ago)
I attended an event here. The hall and corridors were amazing. It is in German style. You can imagine what the old days were like.
Willy Dinata (9 months ago)
The Small Guild is renowned for its elegant Gothic architecture, featuring a beautiful façade with intricate details. Today, it continues to play a cultural and historical role, hosting exhibitions, concerts, and other events.
Ash Janis (13 months ago)
It's a cultural center where a small stage & lot of audience can watch the show either music concert, play, dance etc... it also has screens to watch movies.
Fjodors Koldovs (4 years ago)
Visited several times, a nice looking building and inside historical things You can find
Valters Dāvids Ostrovskis (5 years ago)
Very fancy and appropriate place for political events. Service was one of the best I’ve seen
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