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Free, Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing Type
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Constructed in the 15th century, the Gothic St. Peter's Church has been a crucial part of Riga's landscape and the perfect place to view it. The red brick and high vaults give the nave a narrow and heightened appearance. Yet, the interior lacks the ornamentation that so often delights visitors. However, the church's most famous feature, its tiered spire, does not disappoint. It has been destroyed and rebuilt several times, and now contains a mechanical lift that delivers visitors to an observation deck. One TripAdvisor user says, "The lift to the top of St. Peter's church is worth a go for the beautiful sights." Other points of interest are the Baroque doors at the entrance and some interesting photo exhibitions located in the exhibition hall.

You'll find St. Peter's Church on the edge of Town Hall Square in Old City Riga. Touring the building is free, but taking the lift to the top costs about 2 LVL (about $4 USD).

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It's hard to believe that most of what you're seeing when walking the cobblestone streets of Old City Riga is relatively new. Much of this historic urban center was destroyed during 20th-century wars; since then, the city has recovered and rebuilt some of its oldest structures. Cars are not allowed, so you can leisurely stroll the narrow avenues and grand squares much like 19th-century Latvians did. Be sure to sample some of the traditional Latvian fare -- restaurants here are renowned for their quality, plus they're affordable compared to other major European cities. Plus, other top things to do, like St. Peter's Church and the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia pepper this area, so you are bound to spend some time enjoying the sights.

There are tours  -- including a free one -- that will narrate the buildings' historical significance, but as one TripAdvisor user suggests, the best way to experience the neighborhood is to pick up a map “from the tourist information site in the center and walk through the old town" on your own. While exploring, look out for the Town Hall Square (Ratslaukums) with the impressive House of Blackheads andandand the Swedish Gate along the remains of the ancient city walls.

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