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           20. Rātslaukums           

          The city’s Rātslaukums and its historical building, including such architectural masterpieces as Melngalvju and Rātes House, unfortunately were destroyed during the last war. The size of the present square is eight times larger than the original Rātslaukums. The Occupation Museum building standing freely in its centre built for the needs of the museum of the Latvian Riflemen and a block of Riga Technical University situated in the square’s northwest part are in disharmony with the familiar ancient atmosphere of Old Riga. Currently old Rātslaukums together with its historical construction is reconstructed. A relatively precise copy of splendid Melngalvju House and the reconstruction of Riga City Hall rise in its south-eastern part.


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