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Riga Analysis Report For this euro-city analysis report, I’ve chosen Riga, Latvia. Riga has longitudinal and latitudinal coordinates of approximately 6.9° N, 24.1° E. Roughly 45 miles northeast of Jelgava, Riga is situated just off the southern shores of the Baltic Sea. Located between 1 to 10 meters above sea level, Riga is home to forests, sandy plains, lakes, and rivers. Most notably, the Daugava River runs through the city and empties off into the Gulf of Riga. Latvia is a democratic parliamentary republic with Riga being home to their Federal government as well as their local city government. Riga is the most populous city of the Baltic States, with an estimated population of 650,000 inhabitants. In the late 12th century, Riga became an ancient settlement for the Livs and Kurs. The Ridzene River flowing into the Daugava River created a natural harbor for sea-bound ships. This would begin to serve as a major trade route from the Viking age on forward. Albert of Buxhoevden arrived in 1199 with ships of Crusaders and established the Brothers of the Sword military order. The city of Riga, founded in 1201, was the seat of Albert’s bishopric and a base for conquering the lands of Livonia to the northeast, Courland to the west, and Semigallia to the south. The city joined the Hanseatic League in 1282 and became the dominant center of trade on the Baltic Sea’s eastern shore. The Old Town, the historic center of Riga, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The canal surrounding Riga’s Old Town, Pilsetas Kanals, historically served as the city’s moat. Sitting on the right bank of the Daugava River, many medieval building continue to exist, including the 13th century Riga Dome Cathedral and 14th century Riga Castle. St. Peter’s church is the tallest spire amongst the city’s landscape and serves as a representation of the city’s 13th century Gothic…...

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