Riga Panorama – View from Radisson Blu Daugava – Cyclone ThomasRiga , Latvia
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With the population of 696 593 people, Riga is the largest city of all the Baltic States and the third largest in the whole region of the Baltic Sea. As the capital of Latvia, it is the political, economic and the cultural center of Latvia. Riga has grown to be a popular tourist destination in recent years. Besides the extensive recreation opportunities, the history of Riga manages provides a wide range of tourist attractions that showcases its rich heritage which can be seen via Riga live cam.
The history of Riga
Riga was born from a sheltered harbor and played an important role in the Vikings’ trade route. With the Christianization of Latvia, Bishop Albert of Livonia was appointed as bishop over Riga. He was responsible for the fortification and development of the town. In 1282, Riga formed part of the Hanseatic League, a move that was instrumental in providing the city with economic and political stability which can still be observed in modern times. Still, from the 1500’s to the early 20th century, the city of Riga was passed around between various countries, including Lithuania and Poland as well as Sweden and Russia in more recent historical times. After WW1, Riga was casted under German rule which lasted until the end of WW2 when it was recaptured by the Soviet army. Latvia became independent in 1990 and became an increasingly popular tourist destination.
Riga’s Old Town
Having been established in 1201, its rich history and cultural heritage manifests itself in different ways and there is no doubt that Old Riga is a part of the city that holds a special kind of beauty. Many places that marks the beauty and significance of the old town can be seen via webcam Riga such as the Riga Cathedral Square and Līvu Square to name but a few. A scenic view of the narrow streets of Old Town can be enjoyed through the Riva web camera online. Riga’s Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its architecture is characteristic of Art Nouveau and 19th century wooden architecture.
A panorama of Riga
Taking a look at the panorama of Riga with the camera online above it shows that this city keeps something truly beautiful within its borders. It is not a surprise that Riga is well known all over the world to be a popular tourism destination. The stunning views of Riga’s cathedrals in the front and modern skyscrapers in the background show that Riga embraces the old and the new with equal fervour. The HD webcam Riga shows the wide Daugava River with many bridges connecting the two banks of the river. Towering spires reflect in the water, creating the impression that the old heritage of the city is still very much alive.
Powerful cyclone Thomas has reached Latvia and brought with it torrential rains and a gusty wind. Many rivers have left the banks and there is a risk of flooding!
The Latvian Center for Environment, Geology and Meteorology announced an orange warning. Watch the situation on our on-line live cameras!