Riga Castle

Razed to the ground and rebuilt several times over the centuries, this Livonian Order castle was originally constructed in 1340, but in 1922 officially become the presidential residence. Former Latvian presidents Jānis Čakste, Gustavs Zemgals, Alberts Kviesis and Kārlis Ulmanis all worked at the castle.

The well-known architect Eižens Laube worked on the castle’s interior in the past, and the painter and master of art Ansis Cīrulis painted parts of the castle’s remarkable ceiling paintings. During the Soviet occupation period, various museums were opened inside the castle and it was renamed the Pioneer Castle – an out of school activity center for children. However, since Latvia regained independence, the castle once again serves as the working residence for the president. Guntis Ulmanis, Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, Valdis Zatlers and current President Raimonds Vējonis have all hosted high ranking foreign officials at the castle, organized official receptions and ceremonies, as well as bestowed Latvian state awards, the highest being the Order of the Three Stars, which was established in 1924.