Riga Castle


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The Riga Castle, former seat of the Livonian Order, serves as a presidential palace, and is one of the most important monuments in Riga.

In 13th and 14th century the region of Riga was ruled by a Livonian Order, branch of Teutonic Knights. The citizens were fighting against them and destroyed the first castle of Riga. The construction of new one started outside the town walls, in 1330.
Later different rulers lived on the castle, many of them carried out bigger or smaller reconstructions. The characteristic, round towers replaced square ones during the first major rebuilt, in 16th century. Swedes added several annexes in 17th century, Russians constantly rebuilt parts of the castle, till the 19th century.
When Latvia reclaim independence, finally the national government moved into the castle. Nowadays it is a Presidential Palace, but several parts are open to public. Bedermaier and Empire furniture is completed by artworks deposited from Riga museums, and create beautiful, representative interiors.

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