The oldest building in Riga is the Lutheran Cathedral (Latvian: Rīgas Doms) which was originally built back in 1211, initially as the seat of the Archbishops of Riga and Livonia (modern Latvia and Estonia).
The Cathedral itself is the biggest church in the Baltic Region and it is very old. Every time I pass by it, I wonder, how deep down into the earth it was built, but when the Cathedral was built, it was actually on the same level as the streets, but over the centuries the earth’s level has risen for 2-3 meters up and now everyone can see the difference of earth levels throughout the centuries.
The square in front of the Cathedral is one of the main squares in Old Town and it has a commemorative plaque to mark that Riga’s Old Town is listed on the UNESCO heritage list.
I like to be in the middle of the square, because seven streets start from here, including:
Pils iela, which connects the square directly with the President Castle;
one of the most cinematographic streets of Riga, Jauniela street;
And yes, it is very touristic place, one of the most touristic in Riga, but nevertheless I also visit it very often: I like to walk around there, party in this area by night, and sometimes I take my kids there so they can play on the playground there and see the most beautiful place in my city!
This spot is also for locals like me, not just for tourists.