Zenfolio | Eric Bergan | Riga
Riga, Latvia was established as a German river trading town in the 12th century, and became the home base of the Teutonic Knights of the Sword in the 14th Century. Our excursion took us to the partially restored Turaida Castle, used by the Teutonic Knights, and to the newer (still ruins) Sigulda Castle. We also stopped at a grotto called Gutmanis cave which was supposed to have a spring which would heal people. Many who visited over the centuries left their mark (literally) in the sandstone. After the excursion, we had time to wander the old town of Riga, grab a bite in one of the many cafes, and head back to the ship.

Riga Panorama

Riga Panorama

Turaida Church

Turaida Church

Turaida Castle Tower

Turaida Castle Tower

View of Gauja River from Turaida Tower

View of Gauja River from Turaida Tower

Northern Turaida Castle Ruins and Grounds

Northern Turaida Castle Ruins and Grounds

Gutmanis Cave

Gutmanis Cave

Kropotkin's Manor House

Kropotkin's Manor House

Sigulda Castle Ruins

Sigulda Castle Ruins

Sigulda Castle Wall

Sigulda Castle Wall

Riga City Square

Riga City Square

Sandy Beside Riga Cafes

Sandy Beside Riga Cafes

Riga Side Street

Riga Side Street

Typical Tourist on Riga Street

Typical Tourist on Riga Street

Another Riga Square

Another Riga Square

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