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Riga Latvia History

Historical part of the city is an important area which holds the past but is confident in the future. It can tell lots about the way this fantastic place has appeared on the map. And cheap Riga hotels will demonstrate all the significance of it. There are three stars hotels which take place in the historic buildings of this city center such as Art Hotel Laine, Forums and Radi un draugi. The cozy rooms of the hotels are decorated with beautiful, comfortable wooden furniture. All of them have telephone, satellite TV, shower, bathtub and mini bar. There are air-conditioned rooms. Art Hotel Laine is located in the Art Nouveau building, built in 1912. It is an ideal place for work and rest. Forums is a comfortable hotel of the European level that offers double and triple rooms.

Surprisingly, but Riga is one of the oldest capitals in Europe and since the founding it was one of the largest cities in Baltic; a cultural and industrial center and one of the major ports of the eastern Baltic Sea. Riga came into being 800 years ago on the right bank of the Daugava River, near the place where River Ridzene flows. In 1201 Bishop Albert began to build the city, this period is the year of Riga’s foundation. The city developed rapidly, and in 1282 it has entered an alliance of Northern Germany trading cities.

In 1581 Riga was occupied by Poland. But after fierce resistance in 1621 the city was handed over to Swedish troops. It is interesting that in a short time Riga has become the largest city in Sweden. In turn, after the Northern War, a long siege and the plague in 1710 Riga joined the Russian Empire. In the second half of the 18th century in Riga is rapidly developing industry. It has became one of the major seaports of the Russian Empire. At the end of World War I in 1918 was declared an independence of the Republic of Latvia and started the liberation war in which the city has suffered much. However, this growth was halted by World War II. In January 1991 the residents of Riga rebelled against the regime of the Soviet Union, built the barricades and defended the right of the independence of Latvia.

Today Riga is the capital of the newly independent Latvia, one of the largest cities in the Baltics, modern and well appointed metropolis of the European Union for its distinctive historical aura, which was managed to maintain despite of the many changes. Among the Riga hotels which represent the historical value of the city is famous Edvards, a cozy family hotel, situated in the heart of Riga, just a ten minute walk from the historical Old City. It has 20 comfortable rooms. But there are also rooms for guests with special needs. All of them are equipped with air conditioning. And hotel Viktorija with its ancient architecture, cozy atmosphere and classic design which gives the building a special charm and appeal. All rooms are at reasonable prices.

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