Swedish Gate (Riga)

Swedish Gate (Riga)


Trokšnu Aldaru ielas


Description of the Swedish Gate

Swedish Gate was constructed in 1698 as part of the original city walls. It was erected to celebrate Swedish might. Lion that is situated above is the symbol of the Swedish Empire. Just East of the gate you can find a Powder Tower, this is all that remains from the original military fortifications of Riga. At the beginning of the XVII century, a plot of land along the city wall in the area of ​​today's Tornia street is being actively built up by residential buildings. It was necessary to equip the new buildings with a closed passage. To this end, in 1698, at the time of the Swedish rule, new city gates were pierced in the wall of the apartment house, the only ones preserved in their primordial form to the present day.


In this area there was once the defensive tower of Jurgen (sometimes referred to in Russian sources as Yuryevskaya), the lower part of this semicircular high tower was later built into the house number 11 adjacent to the gates. In 1926 the Swedish gates were rented by the Society of Architects of Latvia, and the house was rebuilt according to its new purpose.


The interiors in 1926-1928 were brought into line with the overall building according to the project of architect A.I. Trofimov. Tiled furnaces of the XVII-XVIII centuries are established, plafones in baroque and classicism styles are recreated. The whole complex acquired its present form after two reconstructions: 1953 - 1956, according to the design of A. A. Reinfelds, when it was expanded (after demolition) by the new building of house No. 13 and reconstruction followed by the addition of house No. 15 in 1986-1987.