Sunday, September 19, 2010
Latvia - Historic Centre of Riga (4)
Vecrīga (English: Old Riga) located on the east side of Daugava River. Vecrīga is famous for its old churches and cathedrals, such as Riga Cathedral and St. Peter's church. It's part of Historic Centre if Riga, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sent by Liza, a postcrosser from Riga in Latvia.
This is from UNESCO : Riga was a major centre of the Hanseatic League, deriving its prosperity in the 13th–15th centuries from the trade with central and eastern Europe. The urban fabric of its medieval centre reflects this prosperity, though most of the earliest buildings were destroyed by fire or war. Riga became an important economic centre in the 19th century, when the suburbs surrounding the medieval town were laid out, first with imposing wooden buildings in neoclassical style and then in Jugendstil. It is generally recognized that Riga has the finest collection of art nouveau buildings in Europe.