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Riga’s Town Hall Square

Riga’s Town Hall Square or Rātslaukums is a public meeting place since as far back as the late 13th century, mainly used for an outdoor market. Regardless of function, it has always been at the centre of things.

House of Blackheads
  • House of Blackheads
  • Photo: Edijs Pālens, LETA
Riga’s Town Hall Square
  • Riga’s Town Hall Square
  • Photo: Edijs Pālens, LETA

The second millenium gave new life to this key location. Returning as resplendent as ever was the 14th century gem (completely destroyed in WWII), the House of Blackheads. Also reappearing – the symbolic patron of Medieval cities, the St. Roland Statue, which for many a year marked the city’s geographic centre. The architectural ensemble includes the municipal building, given the same facade as the Town Hall from long ago.

Rātslaukums and its revival attests to the great respect we have for the city’s past, not forgetting the present, as here, for example is the home of a major venue for contemporary art – Riga Art Space, showcasing the latest from Latvian artists and noteworthy occurences on the national art scene.

Tourists appreciate the many souvenir shops and cafes/bars in the vicinity, certainly, Town Hall Square entices one to take in its olde aura and charm without hurry.

 
56.947449, 24.106552
  • Address: 
    Rātslaukums, Rīga, LV-1000
  • Phone: 
    +371 67044300
Services: 
  • Exhibitions
  • Souvenirs
Last updated: 19.03.2014