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The Swedish Gate is situated in Riga, Latvia, as a part of the Riga Wall to provide access to barracks outside the city wall. Like many medieval towns, Riga encircled itself with defensive walls. In the Riga Old Town, you can find the fragment of the Old City Walls. Nowadays, it is the oldest remaining portion of fortifications, which was built between 13th and 16th century. It used to run between the Bishops’ Castle and the Castle of the Brothers of the Sword. This gate was erected 1698 to celebrate the Scandinavian’s occupation of the city and the only such structure left in Old Riga. The story says that the apartment above this gate belonged to the city executioner. When the head was planning to be rolled, he put a red rose on the ledge of the window to announce the impending execution. It sounds a bit creepy, no? But people was curious about acts like this. Book a tour from Baltic Tours and find out more about this stories shrouded Swedish Gates.
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