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Cēsis was founded in 1206 and it is the third oldest city in Latvia. Cēsis became a part of Hanseatic League in the 14th century and was responsible for managing the flow of goods to Russian lands and was the venue of Baltic region Hansa cities meetings. The cultural environment of Cēsis is influenced by cultural and historical heritage, made up by Cēsis Medieval castle, the Old town of Cēsis with the remaining street network, masonry, ancient manors and wooden villas built on the banks of river Gauja. Nowadays Cēsis has become a centre of art and culture. It is the mix of tradition and innovation.

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Year 1206

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57.31317 latitude and 25.27485 longitude

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What is the city known for?

Cēsis is home to the oldest brewery in northern Europe. City is also a birthplace of Latvian flag. The city is also notable for the medieval castle of Cēsis - one of the best-preserved castle ruins in Latvia.