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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. 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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  • Legend says a woman was built inside as a punishment for falling in love with the wrong boy. you can still hear her crying, they say.  more »
  • The Swedish Gate was built in 1698 after the Polish-Swedish War when the Swedish Kingdom took over the city. The small gate provided access to barracks outside the city wall.  more »
  • 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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