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Riga Culture

Latvian History Museum: The biggest repository of cultural values of Latvian people. Founded in 1869. Placed in Riga Castle built in 1330 as a residence for Magister of the Livonian Order. Displays on ancient history of Latvia (9000 B.C. - XII cent).

The monument of liberty: In the late 80's - early 90's the monument became a spiritual centre of the nation, a symbol of people's longing for independence. Riga residents gather on the square round the monument on state holidays and commemoration days. The monument was built in 1935 with the help of people's donations. The author of the project was an outstanding Latvian sculptor Karlis Zale. The image of Liberty holding three stars in stretched hands crowns the monument and symbolizes unity of the country. Karlis Zale was the author of the Cemetery of Brothers in Arms architectural ensemble which is a sacred place for Latvian people.

Riga Castle: The first castle built by the Sword Order named Wittenstein Castle ("made of white stone") was mentioned for the first time in 1209. It was located to the north from the bishop's castle. the castle was destoyed by townfolk in the war with the Order. Townpeople had to build a new castle for the Livonian Order at the site of the Holy Spirit hospital. The tower of the Holy Spirit and a fragment of the fortification wall were added to the castle that was built in 1330-1353.

St.Mary's Cathedral: The cathedral was built as a bishop's cathedral. This well known historical monument became a symbol of the Old town of Riga.

The Big & Small Guilds: This buildings have been standing for a century and a half as two rivals: they stand still, just few steps from each other, engaged in a trial of proud askance looks of Gothic windows.
Now the Small Guild also serves cultural and entertainment needs: artistic parties, concerts, youth disco parties are held there. The rivalry is going on.