|UNESCO World Heritage Site|
|Location||Central District, Riga, Latvia|
|Inscription||1997 (21st Session)|
|Area||438.3 ha (1,083 acres)|
|Buffer zone||1,574.2 ha (3,890 acres)|
Neighbourhood of Riga
|• Total||0.944 km2 (0.364 sq mi)|
|• Density||3,500/km2 (9,200/sq mi)|
Vecrīga ("Old Riga") is the historical center and a neighbourhood (as Vecpilsēta) of Riga, Latvia, located in the Central District on the east side of Daugava River. Vecrīga is famous for its old churches and cathedrals, such as Riga Cathedral and St. Peter's Church.
Vecrīga is the original area of Riga and consists of the historic city limits before the city was greatly expanded in the late 19th century. In the old days, Vecrīga was protected by a surrounding wall except the side adjacent to the Daugava river bank. When the wall was torn down, the waters from Daugava filled the space creating (Riga City Canal).
In the early 1990s Vecrīga's streets were closed to traffic and only area residents and local delivery vehicles are allowed within Vecrīga's limits with special permits. Vecrīga is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site listed as "Historic Centre of Riga", which also includes much of the surrounding Centrs district.
The House of the Blackheads in Vecrīga
Riga Castle in Vecrīga
Riga Town Hall in Vecrīga
View of Vanšu Bridge
- Kadinsky, Sergey "Pilsētas Kanāls, Riga" Hidden Waters Blog July 5, 2016
- "World Heritage List — Riga (Latvia); No. 852" (PDF). unesco.org. pp. 3 (67). Retrieved 2009-07-25.
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