Vecriga: UNESCO in Latvia

UNESCO Latvia: Old town Riga

Vecriga, Old town Riga


Shortly after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, I visited the Baltic states for the first time. I instantly liked all three countries and have been back many times since. Just got back from the Baltics yesterday, in fact – and posts will follow, especially from Lithuania.


Today, however, I wanted to share one of my favourite photos of Vecriga, the medieval part of the Latvian capital, and once a major player in the Hanseatic League. Apart from the multi-national Struve Geodetic Arc (more on that later, too), Riga’s historic centre is the only site in Latvia protected by UNESCO.

For more on Latvia, check out Brooke vs the World and Katie Going Global.

Have you written about Latvia? If so, feel free to share your links in the comments.


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The Historic Centre of Riga is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Here are more UNESCO World Heritage sites around the world.


41 Responses to “Vecriga: UNESCO in Latvia”

  1. ItalianNotes 28 August 2012 1424 #

    Lovely photo and town. I’ve visited Riga without writing about it, so in that respect there’s nothing much to share:)

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 10 September 2012 2130 #

      I should have a look around and round up other blog posts on Riga…

  2. Reka 28 August 2012 2307 #

    Amazing architecture with beautiful chiseled details, that’s really characteristic for this country! I haven’t been in Latvia before but my husband has got some relatives from Estonia, it is in the neighborhood!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 10 September 2012 2129 #

      That it is. Although I find Latvia and Estonia to be very different from one another, both so interesting in their own unique ways.

  3. Margaret 29 August 2012 1728 #

    I visited the Baltics for the first time in the early 90s, and I remember being surprised by how beautiful Riga was (even though it was February and cold and snowy). My main plans on that trip had been to spend time in Lithuania and Estonia, but when I got to Riga, I tacked some extra days on to the trip, so I could spend some time in the city.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 10 September 2012 2131 #

      Riga is the one Baltic capital that feels most like a city, I think.

  4. Nancie 30 August 2012 0759 #

    The architecture is stunning. I think this part of the world would be really interesting to visit.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 10 September 2012 2132 #

      I would recommend taking the time to visit all three Baltic countries. Very different, and very easy to travel between them.

  5. [email protected] 30 August 2012 1032 #

    What amazing architecture. I have not been to Latvia so look forward to reading your posts about this historic part of Riga.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 10 September 2012 2133 #

      Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius all have interesting Hanseatic architecture and all have old towns on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

  6. Turkey's For Life 30 August 2012 1353 #

    Well, we loved Riga when we travelled through Eastern Europe but I’ve got to say, I’m eagerly awaiting your Lithuania posts. We just fell in love with that city!! 🙂

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 10 September 2012 2134 #

      Vilnius posts coming up 🙂

  7. Jackie Smith 30 August 2012 1651 #

    What a stunning building and great photo. I’ve not been there, but photos like this one certainly scoot it further up my bucket list.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 10 September 2012 2135 #

      The Baltics make an interesting (and inexpensive) stop if you’re in Northern Europe.

  8. jade 30 August 2012 1713 #

    I love how you caught the gold at the top of the building- it sparkles while the rest is kind of dull colors. Beautiful photo!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 10 September 2012 2136 #

      Gorgeous buildings, aren’t they…

  9. I think this is probably the very first travel photo I see of Latvia. Weird huh? You have just piqued my interest for this country and will be looking at more photos now!

    – Maria Alexandra

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 10 September 2012 2137 #

      Cool! Happy to introduce you…

  10. Leigh 30 August 2012 1928 #

    The size of the photos has huge impact. What a lovely town square.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 10 September 2012 2137 #

      Lovely, indeed.

  11. Lisa 31 August 2012 0336 #

    Beautiful photo! We spent a day in Tallinn on a Baltic cruise 3 years ago and I was charmed – would love to explore that region a bit more.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 10 September 2012 2138 #

      Ooh, I adore Tallinn. A fairy-tale kind of place.

  12. Sabrina 31 August 2012 0449 #

    Great picture! I can only imagine how beautiful the rest of town is.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 10 September 2012 2138 #

      Riga is indeed very pretty.

  13. As usual, your photos make me want to hop on a plane right now!!! I hope you will link it up to Friday Daydreamin’ too!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 10 September 2012 2139 #

      Will do 🙂

  14. Angela 31 August 2012 1251 #

    Great shot and beautiful architecture!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 10 September 2012 2139 #

      Thanks, Angela.

  15. Ele 31 August 2012 1346 #

    I did write about Ryga, came up with a total 15 posts. It’s slightly more expensive than my hometown Vilnius but Ryga City Card were supportive and provided me with the city card, which enabled me to visit many sights.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 10 September 2012 2140 #

      Do you have any Latvia posts in English, Ele? If so, let me know and I’ll link to them.

  16. Thanks for linking up this week with us – have a super weekend!

  17. InsideJourneys 31 August 2012 2240 #

    Wow, stunning! Latvia looks like another place to add to my list.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 10 September 2012 2141 #

      Getting long that list, Marcia 🙂

  18. Cathy Sweeney 1 September 2012 0530 #

    Latvia is a country that has been on my mind for several years since I met someone from there. She had lived there in turbulent times and it was so interesting to hear her stories. Your photo of Vecriga is inviting me to make a trip there.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 10 September 2012 2144 #

      It’s always fascinating to speak with people who used to live in the Soviet Union, people my age. Such recent history, yet it seems ages ago…

  19. Andrea 4 September 2012 1011 #

    We hoped to fit Latvia in on this trip but weren’t able to – have to get there some day!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 10 September 2012 2145 #

      Just a short hop from Norway 🙂

  20. Ruben Braxton 4 September 2012 1209 #

    The photograph of Vecriga is very beautiful and the buildings are royal. I want to know more about Latvia. So, i want to visit your shared link to know more about Latvia. Thanks for your shared links.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 10 September 2012 2145 #

      I’ll add some links in the post above.

  21. Michele @ Malaysian Meanders 5 September 2012 0732 #

    The best part about reading travel blogs is discovering new (to me) places. Your picture is gorgeous and very tempting.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 10 September 2012 2145 #

      Thanks for reading 🙂

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