Riga Castle is a residence of the President of Latvia situated in the very centre of Old Riga on the bank of River Daugava. Riga Castle is an important monument of Latvian historical and cultural heritage.
Riga Castle. Photo: Tēvijas sargs
Currently, Riga castle undergoes large-scale renovations. It is planned that President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis will resume his work in the castle in the first half of 2016.
Foundation stone and construction
The foundation stone of the castle was laid 15 June 1330. Over the centuries, the castle has been destroyed several times and also experienced extensive rebuilding and extension work. Whereas in the result of the renovation works carried out before the upcoming centenary of the State of Latvia, Riga castle has regained its original splendour.
Riga Castle is the official residence of the President of Latvia since 1922, when a post of a President of Latvia was established. Soviet regime was an exception, when the castle was given over to the communist children's organization - the pioneers. President of Latvia Jānis Čakste, Gustavs Zemgals, Alberts Kviesis, and Kārlis Ulmanis both worked and lived in the castle.
After restoration of independence, President of Latvia Guntis Ulmanis returned to work in Riga Castle in June 1995. However, a number of official visits of presidents from countries like Poland, USA, and Portugal were received in Riga Castle before that.
Riga Castle from the bird’s eye view. Photo: True Vision
Premises and interior
Residence of the President of Latvia in Riga Castle occupy the major part of the building block that had been built instead of the former castle-front and is situated on four floors. The interiors of the premises depict centuries-long formation and historical periods of the castle.