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St Roland is considered to be the patron saint of Riga.
St Roland is considered to be the patron saint of Riga. The original Statue of Roland in Rātslaukums was made in 1897, but removed by the Soviets in 1945. The current statue is a replacement made in 2000.
Ratslaukums, Rīga, LV-1000, Latvia
Pretty to look at, but not open for visitors
This noticeable and austere black building is clearly out-of-place
The House of Blackheads is where the merchants-to-be had their guild
Covers the dramatic events that occurred in the tumultuous final year of the USSR, when Soviet authorities sent troops into Riga to overthrow the elected Latvian government
Former residence of a wealthy merchant built in 1720, now a museum dedicated to life in Riga in the 17th & 18th centuries
Actually 2 museums plus a number of special exhibits
Dating to 1207, it is one of Riga's symbols
Housed the guild of the tradesmen, who would join after being a member of the Blackheads (see House of Blackheads)