Photos from Latvia
Latvia has always been at trading crossroads. Ancient chronicles mention the 'route from the Vikings to the Greeks' through Latvian territory via the Daugava River to the ancient Rus and Byzantine Empire. Because of this strategic geographic location Latvian territory has always been invaded by other larger nations (Sweden, Russia, Lithuania-Poland, the USSR). Latvia gained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
Riga : the old town seen from the spire of St Peter's church
Saint Peter's church and the House of the Blackheads (Latvian: Melngalvju nams)
a small square in the old town of Riga
The coast of the Baltic sea near Lielupe
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