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Hints, Links, Background Latvia

The Coat of Arms The coat of arms combines symbols of Latvian national statehood (three stars, the sea and the sun) as well as symbols representing ancient historical districts: Kurzeme and Zemgale are depicted by a lion, Vidzeme and Latgale are depicted by the legendary winged silver creature with an eagle’s head, a griffin. Geography Latvia is the central country of the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania). On the world map Latvia is to be found in North-eastern Europe, on the east coast of…

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Einleitung des Buches “Lettland per Rad”

    Willkommen in Lettland! Die Letten bleiben f� mich das geheimnisvollste und stillste der drei V�kchen am �tlichen Ostseestrand. Aber bei Ihnen verbirgt sich eine stille Natur und unz�lige Zeugen der Geschichte – auch jenseits der Metropole Riga. Dieses Heftchen soll Ihnen ein bisschen die Angst vor dem “gro�n Unbekannten” nehmen. Die Unterschiede sind sehr gro�- zwischen sich (touristisch) dynamisch entwickelnden Orten und dem “dort-wo-nix-is”. Das Fahrrad bietet sich an, um sich das gesamte Bild zu machen. BaltiCCycle” bietet au�rdem f� Lettland: => je…

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A short history of Latvia

A SHORT HISTORY OF LATVIA Based on a text of Raimonds Cerūzis, The Latvian Institute   Legendary History The territory known today as Latvia has been inhabited since 9000 BC. In the first half of 2000 BC, the proto-Balts or early Baltic peoples arrived. This era became famous as a trading crossroads. The ‘route from the Vikings to the Greeks’ mentioned in ancient chronicles stretched from Scandinavia through Latvian territory along the river Daugava to the Ancient Russia and Byzantine Empire. Latvia’s coast was known…

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