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The market square (Ratslaukums)
The amazing medieval square near the town hall of Riga has unfortunately been largely destroyed during the Second World War. However, many of the buildings have been reconstructed with a great eye for detail. Along the square you will find, among other things, the House of the Blackheads, the town hall and the Technical University of Riga, as well as the tourist service. The centre of the square houses the statue of Roland as a symbol for peace. The atmospheric square is a great place to have something to eat or to drink.
The Central Market of Riga was built between 1924 and 1930 and is an interesting combination of art deco and classicism style. The building was recognised in 1998 as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The main building of the market consists of five different pavilions for which old, German zeppelin hangars from the First World War were reused. The market building accommodates more than 3000 stalls selling all kinds of things: fresh products that were delivered directly from the farm, but also exotic types of fruit and spices. The market continues outside where you can even buy fresh products in the evening when the market hall itself is closed.
The Three Brothers
The “Three Brothers” are three houses built next to each other by 3 family members and together they form the oldest residential complex in Riga. The oldest house was built in 1490, the second house in 1646 and the third house originates from the 17th century.
The three houses represent a clear image of the different architectural styles that were popular in Riga throughout the centuries. The oldest house is built in gothic style, the house in the middle shows in influences of the Dutch mannerism style and the house that was built last is the narrowest of the three and was built in baroque style. The facade shows a mask-like decoration that was supposed to protect the residents against evil spirits. Today, the architecture museum is located in these three houses.