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Swedish Gate (Zviedru Varti), Riga

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Walk under Swedish Gate (Zviedru Varti), the only remaining old gate of the city, which once separated the town from the outside barracks. Built through the fortress in 1689, the gate had a rather ambiguous purpose. According to some records, the archway was constructed in the name of Scandinavian occupation; others believe it served as a simple passage to the outside houses; still others claim that a rich merchant who owned the area where the wall was built decided to open a passage through it, thus avoiding paying taxes when entering the city with his goods. Make Swedish Gate (Zviedru Varti) a centerpiece of your Riga vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Riga trip itinerary planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • I barely noticed it and I think we went through it from the "wrong" direction. We were walking behind cruise tourist groups and it wasvery crowded. Now when I saw the pics on Tripadvisor, I noticed th...  more »
  • In the early 17th century, the city wall in the neighborhood street Torna actively built up residential buildings. The new buildings were needed to equip a closed passage. To this end, in 1698, during the times of the Swedish Dominion, in the wall of an apartment house were punched new city gate, the only surviving intact. Jürgen defensive Tower (Russian sources-Polished), its lower portion of the semicircular towers proved to be integrated with a neighbouring House Gate.
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  • This is a door, if one passes by, a small passage below and here. As the surrounding area are worth it, as this door has no great interest.
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  • Make sure you know how it looks like before you check this spot out. I thought I couldn't find it but I was actually there right in front of the gate.
  • Remarkable location and attraction! Absolutely beautiful and recommended.
  • Very historic place in Riga. Worth a visit and a good place to take photos.
  • Nice historical place, surrounded by beautiful old little streets. Good place for photos from old Riga.
  • Nice feature in a nice part of the old town