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. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Riga holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Swedish Gate (Zviedru Varti) and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • It is also worth noting that there is a castle wall and monument to girl-ghost near the wall. Immerse yourself in the legend of those times and mores
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  • Certainly just go along during your stay in Riga. It is the oldest city gate that the city still has. Nice piece of history.
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  • in the old town, beautiful old streets in the near the gate - historically interesting, otherwise it has seen a hundred times like!
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  • The swedish Gate is part of the Old Town walls that went around Riga during the medieval times, serving as both fortification wall and as an important border for trade purposes, it was also as one of the few entrances to the town.
  • A piece of history in a little patch of a modern town. recommend for anyone excited about history.
  • A lovely place to have lunch with your colleagues, unless you're more than 4 people. The place is really tiny and it's best to visit in small quantities. Other than that: great food, friendly staff and welcoming prices.
  • This is in the mandatory checklist of an Old Town visitor, but not very impressive as it is. E. g. compared to the beautiful guild buildings.
  • Very good wine bar adjacent to the tower.

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