Cesis, a small city (pop: 18,200) about 90 kilometers outside of Riga, occupies an important place in Latvian history. The town was once the setting for a major Baltic victory in the aftermath of World War I, which helped secure at least 22 years of Latvian independence. Today, Cesis is enjoying a mini-renaissance. With its 14th century castle and mosaic of Jugendstil architecture and Baltic wooden houses, the town has flourished from Latvia's recent tourism influx. And this week, Latvia's second-oldest city 's the first being 805-year-old Riga 's will mark its 800th anniversary. In honor o...
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