Ye Olde City Wall
|Ancient wall near St. John's church|
|Original part of wall|
|Map of Old Riga from 1600s showing the wall|
On a walk through Old Riga, you will be able to discover the different pieces of the remaining wall found in the city.
|Cannon near the wall|
|See the thickness of the wall|
|Section still in existence today|
The longest section still standing today was reconstructed during the Communist era. It includes a small observation tower along the length. The cannon is set near this section.
The Swedish Gate, built in 1698, was so named to celebrate the occupation of Riga by Sweden. The apartment above the tower was occupied by the city executioner. He would put a red rose on the ledge of the window on the morning when an execution was scheduled.
|Above the Swedish Gate|
I didn't see a red rose on the day I walked past it.
Information taken from Riga - Old City Wall