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Construction works unearth 17th-century fortification

During works on the water supply, parts of a 17th-century fortification have been unearthed at 11. Novembra krastmala - by the bank of Daugava river at the very center of Rīga. It was thought that all of the fortifications were torn down in the 19th century, so the find has raised a few eyebrows among historians, Rīga mayor Nils Ušakovs posted on Facebook.

Ušakovs wrote that one of the lanes of the key street has been closed since December, and when work began on joining the water supply system to a newly-built hotel, historic fragments of fortifications were found. 

No pagājušā gada decembra viena no Krastmalas transporta joslām ir slēgta. Tas saistīts ar to, ka privāts uzņēmums...

Posted by Nils Ušakovs on Friday, February 5, 2016

"As of now specialists are looking for a solution that would allow both adding the plumbing and saving the fragments of the bastion. That's why traffic restrictions will continue at least until March," wrote the burgomaster.

Rīga's fortifications are mentioned already in the Livonian Chronicles. Throughout the 17th century the system of fortifications was often reconstructed according to the vicissitudinary fortification fashions of the day and last modified heavily by the Swedish governor Erik Dahlbergh with his military engineers, reported LSM's Russian-language service.

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