The Embassy of Latvia hosted an exhibition which explored the history of Latvian architecture at the University of Westminster.

The exhibition, titled ‘Building the state. Latvia 9C – 21C. Destinations and Symbols of Latvia’, took visitors through the history of Latvia, telling the story of some of Latvia’s most famous buildings.

Guests began by finding out about historic areas such as Cēsis and Kuldīga, which were damaged by wars. In Cēsis, the castle was damaged in 1703 during the Great Northern War and the castle was never re-inhabited.

The exhibition focused on the historic, exploring the architecture of the many churches in Latvia, as well as the modern, with displays on the skyline of Latvia’s capital city, Riga and its modern buildings including the National Library of Latvia, which is housed in the Castle of Light in Riga.

The exhibition opened in the learning platform at the University of Westminster’s Faculty of Architecture and the Build Environment on 15 June, and ran until the 1 July. A private viewing of the exhibition was hosted by Mr Andris Teikmanis, the Higher Education Ambassador for the Republic of Latvia.

Find out more about the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster.

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