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St Peter's church is the highest vertical accent of Old Riga and one of the city's most recognizable landmarks. First mention of the St. Peter's Church is in records dating to 1209 and until nowadays it's side walls have been preserved from that time. Nowadays church tower is 123 metres high but interesting that back in 15th Century it was higher - 136 metres. The church suffered in fires both in 1st and 2nd World Wars, it was rebuilt in Soviet times and the current tower is from that time, just around 40 years old.
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The elegant red-bricked Pelci manor house (not far from Kuldiga town) which looks like taken out from some countryside scene in England, is perhaps the most beautiful of less known manor houses in Latvia. It's also one of rare Art Nouveau-style manor houses in the Baltic states, built in 1904.
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Neogothic style Jaunmoku manor house was built in 1901 as a hunting house for legendary Riga mayor George Armitsted as his hunting residence. Jaunmoku castle is one of those buildings which offers numerous visual perspectives, the castle changes appearance with every step you take, while walking around it, closer and farther from it.
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Jelgava palace is the largest baroque style palace in the Baltic states (but has more modest interiors than Rundāle palace and doesn't have a royal garden). It was built in 1772, designed by the same architect as Rundale - Bartolomeo Rastrelli. In everyday, Jelgava palace functions as the Agriculture University of Latvia.

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Main trump of Latvia's capital city is the unrivaled collection of Art Nouveau buildings from 20th Century beginning, as well as nice Old Town with a beautiful skyline made of medieval church spires. Riga has also got several modern landmarks, enjoyable parks, wide river in it's centre, good old perimetrical planning of it's 100+ years old central apartment districts and a big, cosmopolitan city feeling.

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This is by far the most popular vantage point in Riga. Many of the city's classic panorama views you find on the internet are taken from here. St Peter's church tower offers an observation platform at the height of 72 meters (it's accesible by an elevator, so you can spare your legs for more city exploration walks on the street level). 

St Peter's church is located in Old Town, right in the middle of the city, thus it provides centrally located panorama point to whole Riga. The views are good indeed - you can see the sea of Old Town's and historical centre rooftops, compositions with Daugava river and the modern buildings on the other bank of the river, up to soviet apartment block districts in the periphery. 

Practical information. The entrance fee is quite expensive - 9 EUR (students got it for 7 EUR, pupils - 3 EUR, and for the children up to 7 years old the entrance is free). Opened from Tuesday to Sunday - doesn't work on Mondays. Working hours - in winter season (September-April) from 10 to 18 (Tickets office: 10-17), Sundays - 12 to 18, in summer season (May-August) from 10 to 19 (Tickets office: 10-18), Sundays - 12 to 18.  


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On the top floor of Radisson Blu hotel highrise in Riga there is a skyline bar - a place which offers probably the most beautiful panoramic view of Riga. The harmonious scenery includes centre boulevards and parks, Old Town and almost all the highrise accents in one, charming view. Especially beautiful it gets in blue hour when the lanterns are switched on, the streets turning yellow/orange, the trees remains green and the rooftops turns blueish. On the opposite direction the panorama leads your eye in voyage over the 19th/20th Century "belle epoque" age (Eclecticism, Art Nouveau and other  styles) buildings' rooftops, layouted in impressive perimetrical quarters. 

The downside of this location is that the view is seen through windows so reflections of interior can be very disturbing and annoying, especially if you're photographing and trying to get high quality pictures. Heavy and difficult post-processing will be required to at least minimize reflections.

Practical information. Technically the entrance is free, but as it is the restaurant/bar, it would be polite to order some drink. They're not cheap in this place but with just a coffee you could go with few euros. However there's another complication - the place is very popular and that means if you want to be sure you get to the table at the window to Old Town side, you must likely should make a reservation before. Btw, there is also an option to see the views to southern and northern sides of Riga from the staircase windows (and the view to Old Town is visible also from the toilett next to the Skybar but, well, it doesn't seem to be the most appropriate place to enjoy the scenery :)).