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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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  • Within the old town Council to pass close to this ancient city gate is taking a photo, much as medieval style and nice to see!! A quick jump you can also do it!
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  • I heard Sweden gate to become happy, I said. I hope that I came through the gate, so would be happy to.
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  • Of course, this may be interesting if you know their history, but there was no information about the vault so you could get a little lesson. Certainly it was in good condition but still something that most likely would just passed without notice unless I looked after it.
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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