Video marks 110 years of Foreign Ministry building

The Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has produced a new short video about its main building – which is currently celebrating its 110th birthday.  

110 years ago, on 21 February 1914, a bank and apartment building commissioned by the Riga Mortgage Society was inaugurated in the heart of the city.

This building was home to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1919 until 1940, when Latvia was occupied and lost its independence de facto. Having initially rented premises from the Riga Mortgage Society, the ministry became the owner of the house in 1923.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs returned to its historical home in 2007 after extensive reconstruction and restoration.

The building has witnessed many landmark events in Latvia’s history, as recounted in the video.

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