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AREA STUDY DAY - Three Baltic Capitals: Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn – Professor Anne Anderson Tuesday 27 March 2018

Beds & Herts Area Study Day

 Three Baltic Capitals: Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn – Professor Anne Anderson 

Date:  Tuesday 27 March 2018

Time:  10.00 for 10.30 – 3.30

Venue:  Potten End Village Hall, Potten End HP4 2RH

Cost: £35.00 (includes coffee on arrival and light lunch)


 This study day is intended to provide a glimpse of the rich cultural heritage of these three distinctive Baltic capitals, Vilnius (Lithuania), Riga (Latvia) and Tallinn (Estonia).  Of the three, the distinctly Catholic Vilnius is the least commercial in terms of tourism, whereas Tallinn is currently enjoying the tourist boom brought about by cruising in the Baltic. 

Vilnius is a Baroque city, with magnificent churches and monasteries dating to the 17th -early 18th centuries but you will also find remarkable Gothic and Renaissance buildings. Many visit the famous Hill of Crosses, on the border with Latvia, a symbol of resistance during the Soviet occupation.

 In contrast Riga, the ‘Little Paris of the North’, has the trappings of a European capital, with its boulevards and Opera House. Here the interest shifts to fantastical Art Nouveau apartment blocks. The rebuilding of the Blackheads Guild building, destroyed in the Second World War, demonstrates Riga’s desire to reclaim its cultural inheritance. 

 Tallinn is perhaps the prettiest of the three capitals with its romantic fortifications. From Tall Hermann to Fat Margaret the towers dominate the skyline of the city. These towers protect one of the finest medieval European towns, with its web of winding cobblestone streets and charming merchant’s houses from the 11th to the 15th centuries.  Here the power of Russia is visible in the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral which dominates the upper town and the palace built by Peter the Great.

Please contact Jane Morgan, for a place.