Today I have two views of Riga, the capital of Latvia and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.
This postcard shows a modern view of Riga. It was sent by Oleksa via the Postcrossing forum.
This second card is a panoramic card and shows how Riga looked in 1572. The card is a reproduction of a copperplate by Franz Hogenberg, a 16th century artist. This card comes as an official Postcrossing card.
Riga was a member of the Hanseatic League and prospered in the 13th through 15th centuries. Its historic center was inscribed on the UNESCO list because of the many preserved buildings from different time periods and styles, notably the medieval buildings and 19th century Art Nouveau and Jugendstil buildings.
These are the stamps from the cards:
The leftmost stamp shows Pope John Paul II. The stamp in the middle is one issued for Christmas in 2006.
And this stamp is a Christmas stamp from 2012.