Three centuries of history in Viesturdārzs
Viesturdārzs is Riga’s oldest park, and in spring 2021 it celebrated its 300th anniversary.
The park covers eight hectares. Its greatest assets are its old trees (as well as more recent additions), which are tended by the Riga Parks and Gardens Board. Until the First World War, it was called Ķeizardārzs – the Czar’s Garden – then during the first independent Republic of Latvia it was known as Viesturdārzs, in honour of the ancient Latvian ruler Viesturs. During the Soviet period, it was called Dziesmu svētku parks, or Song Festival Park, and today it is once again Viesturdārzs.
The project was made possible within the framework of the Rīga Summer Culture Programme with the support of the Rīga City Council, in collaboration with the Rīga Gardens and Parks structural unit of the council-owned enterprise LLC Rīga Forests.
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