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Riga Town Hall Square, Riga

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At Riga Town Hall Square, you can see symbols of Latvia's independence, such as the town hall and the statue of Roland. The statue of a Charlemagne's nephew--who was a fair judge and the defender of accused--welcomes guests from the middle of the square. Most of the medieval architecture was destroyed during World War II. On the northern side of the square, notice how the reconstructed town hall is topped with a Baroque tower and a postmodern roof. Look for the memorial plank on the spot where the city Christmas tree was lit in medieval times. The square also features the Blackheads House, the Latvian Occupation Museum, and the Sun Museum. To visit Riga Town Hall Square and other attractions in Riga, use our Riga online day trip planner.
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  • The Old Town is very beautiful at night. With most hotels located a walking distance from the Old Town I would advise anyone to do night walks. Stunning views 
    The Old Town is very beautiful at night. With most hotels located a walking distance from the Old Town I would advise anyone to do night walks. Stunning views  more »
  • The square is very pretty with the house of the blackheads and the town hall. There is lots of restaurants and shops around to go to also. 
    The square is very pretty with the house of the blackheads and the town hall. There is lots of restaurants and shops around to go to also.  more »
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  • Cool public square with an even cooler town hall! They currently have these boards set up showing the devastation and proximity by different modes of transportation to various Ukrainian cities, which is pretty appropriate given the timing. I wish there was more green though, always good to have plants in a public square.
  • The Town Hall Square is one of the best known squares in Riga’s Old City and is easily accessible on foot from any hotels in or near the Old City. This is also the the economic and administrative center of the city. While much of the medieval square was destroyed during World War II, it has been rebuilt. Standing on the square are buildings such as the House of the Blackheads, the tourist information center, the Latvian Occupation Museum and, of course, Riga’s town hall with its baroque clock tower. More than 500 years ago, the first city Christmas tree was lit in the square. A memorial plank can now be found on the spot where the tree was list and a new tree is decorated each year. Also of note is the famous Roland Statue, which stands in the middle of Town Hall Square. The nephew of Charlemagne and a Frankish military leader, Roland was known to be a fair judge and thus, he gradually became a symbol of justice in northern Germany and Latvia. His statue was erected on the square in 1896.

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