Castle of Light: The National Library of Latvia in Riga (Nacionālā bibliotēka)

Summary:

The National Library of Latvia in Riga (Latvijas Nacionālā bibliotēka) is a fairly new building that serves as the country’s main library branch. Called the Castle of Light, it truly is an architectural marvel located near the banks of the Daugava River.

Updated: 2018-03-02
National Library of LatviaRiga already had a library of the same name, but they have moved into a architecturally-gorgeous new building in 2014. Situated right on the banks of the Daugava River which runs through Latvia’s capital city, at the foot of the Stone Bridge, the new building of the National Library of Latvia is a pleasing landmark and great navigational aid on the skyline.

The architect of this project was one of the most famous of Latvia’s architects, the renowned Gunārs Birkerts. The building opened at just the right time, since Riga was chosen as the European Capital of Culture for 2014.

The National Library of Latvia (Latvijas Nacionālā bibliotēka) in Riga is sometimes also known as the Castle of Light (Gaismas Pils).

Visit the website of the National Library of Latvia (Latvijas Nacionālā bibliotēka).

National Library of Latvia across the Daugava River
The National Library of Latvia across the Daugava River at dusk, with the Railway Bridge in front.

Check out more on Latvia here: Latvia destination guide, Latvia Key Information, or our great list of facts about Latvia.

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