Town Hall Square
Share
mail
License license
loading...
Loading ...

Panoramic photo by Vil Muhametshin PRO EXPERT MAESTRO Taken 19:30, 11/01/2008 - Views loading...

Advertisement

Town Hall Square

The World > Europe > Latvia > Riga

Tags: landmark, street

  • Like / unlike
  • thumbs up
  • thumbs down

In the Middle Ages Town Hall Square (Ratslaukums) was the centre of public life of the city – there were stalls and workshops and popular festivals used to occur here. From the balcony of the Town Hall municipal ordinances used to be read out, punishments were executed here and pageants used to be arranged as well. It is thought to have been formed in the second half of the 13th century after expansion of the city in 1211; initially on Town Hall Square there was a market. In the early 19th century there was erected a figure of Roland – an old symbol of judicial power, freedom and independence of many European cities. A luxurious development of the square was completely destroyed during World War II. In our century the main buildings of the square – The Town Hall and the House of Blackheads – have been restored anew.

comments powered by Disqus

Nearby images in Riga

map

A: Town Hall Square

by Vil Muhametshin, less than 10 meters away

In the Middle Ages Town Hall Square (Ratslaukums) was the centre of public life of the city – there w...

Town Hall Square

B: Seasonal dress of Roland, the Defender of Riga

by Vil Muhametshin, less than 10 meters away

Traditional autumn feast - Mikeli - is held every year at the Town Hall Square in Old Riga. Carrots, ...

Seasonal dress of Roland, the Defender of Riga

C: Winter Solstice fire on Town square

by Vil Muhametshin, less than 10 meters away

Winter Solstice fire on Town square

D: Town Hall Square, Riga

by Dzmitry Lasko, 10 meters away

Town Hall Square, Riga

E: House of the Blackheads

by Min Heo, 10 meters away

House of the Blackheads

F: Riga, Town Hall Square.

by Vladimir Petrov, 10 meters away

Riga, Town Hall Square.

H: House of Blackheads, Ratslaukums, Riga

by Igor Dubakov, 20 meters away

Melngalvju nams (The House of Blackheads), the impressive Gothic treasure of Riga, was first mentione...

House of Blackheads, Ratslaukums, Riga

I: The Town Hall Square (Rātslaukums)

by Uldis Bardins, 20 meters away

The Town Hall Square (Rātslaukums)

J: Staro Rīga!

by Valdis Salekalns, 20 meters away

Staro Rīga!

This panorama was taken in Riga

This is an overview of Riga

Originated from a small fishermen village, for centuries Riga has been an important part of the trade chain between Russia and Western Europe. A lively crossroad of cultures and backgrounds for over 800 years, the historical centre of Riga has accumulated an impressive cultural baggage and today is justly included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

Share this panorama