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Riga, Latvia

Mežaparks is also home to the Riga Zoo, the oldest zoo in North Europe, and a place where the city people love to spend their free time. Mežaparks accommodates a vast open air stage that once in four years becomes a venue for one of the major events in cultural life, Song Festivals.

An intensive development of summer houses followed. During the years of Latvia's independence, the developments in Mežaparks continued, and several hundreds of private villas were built.  The situation, however, changed drastically after World War Two when the grand villas were nationalised and many of them were allowed to fall into disrepair.
Only in 1990s the houses were restored to their rightful owners, and Mežaparks grew into one of the most prestigious neighbourhoods in the city.

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