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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  • The Swedish Gate was erected in the 17th century and was a gateway into the City of Riga through the town walls. The streets around are narrow and my guide told they were full of ale houses and prosti...  more »
  • The Swedish Gate is the last remaining one of 8 so is quite special! It was built during the time Swweden occupied Latvia (in the 1600's). You will find Riga's oldest street nearby, and several pleasa...  more »
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  • Pretty gate by day; and, if you visit by night, you can see the creepy ghost statue! Definitely a nice area to grab dinner/drinks. I recommend checking it out at night!
  • A beautiful and iconic landmark for tourist. The place surrounding it are also very classy and have loads of wonderful food joints. A real gem in the old town center.
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