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Traditional pagan celebration of summer solstice in Turaida, Latvia

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A: On a sunny autumn day near the Turaida wooden church

di Vil Muhametshin, 160 metri di distanza

It is the oldest wooden church built by country craftsmen which survived in its place in Vidzeme, nor...

On a sunny autumn day near the Turaida wooden church

C: Aerial 360° panorama of the Turaida estate, Latvia

di Vil Muhametshin, 210 metri di distanza

The origin of estates in Latvia dates back to the time when the first stone castles were built in Liv...

Aerial 360° panorama of the Turaida estate, Latvia

D: Bird's eye view of Folk Song Park in Turaida, Latvia

di Vil Muhametshin, 280 metri di distanza

Bird's eye view of Folk Song Park in Turaida, Latvia

E: Turaida Castle, Latvia

di Vil Muhametshin, 420 metri di distanza

Turaida Castle, Latvia

F: View from the tower of Turaida Castle, Latvia

di Vil Muhametshin, 420 metri di distanza

View from the tower of Turaida Castle, Latvia

H: Medieval castle in Turaida - aerial view, Latvia

di Vil Muhametshin, 460 metri di distanza

The castle was constructed in the Brick Gothic style in 1214 under Albert, archbishop of Riga, on the...

Medieval castle in Turaida - aerial view, Latvia

I: Reconstructed medieval castle in Turaida, Latvia

di Vil Muhametshin, 460 metri di distanza

The castle was constructed in the Brick Gothic style in 1214 under Albert, archbishop of Riga, on the...

Reconstructed medieval castle in Turaida, Latvia

J: Aerial view of the Medieval Castle in Turaida, Latvia

di Vil Muhametshin, 460 metri di distanza

The castle was constructed in the Brick Gothic style in 1214 under Albert, archbishop of Riga, on the...

Aerial view of the Medieval Castle in Turaida, Latvia

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Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights.

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Text by Steve Smith.

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