Konventa Seta - Convent Yard, Riga
This little courtyard is part of the Konventa Seta hotel complex, between the hotel's accommodation block and its restaurant. It handily connects the main street of Kaleju iela and St Peters Church. Although owned by the hotel it is a public thoroughfare and has a couple of interesting, upmarket, arts and crafts shops.
There is also a small terrace where you can sit with a beer or coffee from the hotel bar. However I haven't seen any table service and so you have to pop into the hotel to order and collect your drinks.
Note that the hotel closes the gates around 11 pm and so you have to around the long way after that time.
We went into the lovely Convent Court (Konventa Seta) in search of the Porcelain Museum - which we never did find. We did, however come upon the Amber Museum which is also a shop. For 1 Ls you get a "tour" of this one room museum with a full explanation of the exhibits. The room is a copy of the amber room in St Petersburg. The young lady who explained the exhibits knew a lot about amber and how it was created. Both the courtyard of small shops and the museum are worth a visit.
TThis place in a hotel complex now, but you can just go inside the small yards to see how nice narrow streets and cozy houses are in this place. It seems like a medieval buildings complex still left in Riga old town.
You can go to this site through Skarnu street near the St. John's church. Enter the small gates and when enjoy corridors of streets ;)
Tucked around the back of St. John's cathedral is a little slice of medieval in the heart of Riga's old town. A fragment of Riga's original fortifications remain, in a pleasant courtyard separating the Skunu and Kaleju streets.
When I was there the whole place was filled up with snow, and icicles hung precariously from the roof tops, as you can see in the pictures.
The Convent's Yard (Konveta Seta) is an ensemble of about 9 medieval buildings in the quaint Old Town of Riga (Vecriga). The houses were built between the 14th and 16th centuries and are among the oldest parts of the city. Nowadays the area houses a 3-starred hotel.
The isle of serenity in the midle of Old Town. Konventa Seta represents a unique complex of 9 medieval buildings maintaining an atmosphere of the 14th - 16th centuries which was renovated some 5 years ago. First it mentioned in documents from begining of 13th century, when German crusaders built castle, which was demolished by Latvian rebels. Then it was renovated as a shelter for poor people, and later as a convent. Now there is situated bars, hotel and few museums and souvenir shop, as well. Great place to relax from crowdy Riga's streets.