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European Heritage Days in Latvia

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European Heritage Days in Latvia, from 17 to 19 September, will be dedicated to transport, opening up a wide spectrum of heritage - from roads, bridges, canals and railway stations, to airfields, ports and collections of vehicles themselves. Man has always wanted to move and see further, which in turn drives development - cities were built at the crossroads of roads, ferries boosted trade, workers' villages were built along railway lines, airports were built near airfields. As mobility has evolved, the transport infrastructure that was until recently modern has become a historical legacy, at the same time creating a quality environment for our lives and inspiring innovation and discovery. Gone are the old carriage roads and post stations, narrow gauge railways and airship hangars, but railway stations, lighthouses, bridges and level crossings are still with us today, even as industrial, architectural, historical or artistic monuments. The means of transport and their infrastructure embodied the most advanced trends and engineering innovations of their time, and stimulated the development of production and design.

As 2021 is the European Year of Railways in the European Union, this year's European Heritage Day is a special opportunity to recall, through railway history and heritage, the contribution of railways to European prosperity and their role in the development of advanced technologies.

The cultural heritage of transport and mobility combines technical excellence and creativity, practical utility and aesthetics, making it an area that appeals to a wide range of stakeholders. European Heritage Days are an opportunity to make transport and mobility-related cultural heritage accessible and open, while highlighting and reducing the barriers to physical and emotional accessibility of cultural heritage, so that we can become closer by sharing and learning about our diversity.