The Latvian Capital Riga - Restoring The City's Heritage
Most people would be hard pressed to find Riga on the map. But the Latvian capital has an impressive history. It was colonised by German merchants back in the Middle Ages who
shaped the city's historic old quarter. And Riga's art nouveau architecture is credited by UNESCO as being the finest in Europe, listed on the World Heritage List. But the city's residents have also experienced oppression and suffering, not least of all during the Nazi occupation in
the 1940's and then when Latvia was part of the Soviet Union. Today, Riga is the largest city in the Baltic states and since independence it's been rediscovering and restoring its heritage.
(Reporter: Helen Seeney)
Art Nouveau architecture on Central Riga streets such as Alberta and Elizabetes Iela.
- Isaiah Berlin - philosopher and Oxford academic