The Convent Courtyard is located in the oldest part of the city. Initially, the castle of the Order of the Brothers of the Sword was situated in this place. The castle was built in the 13th century but was destroyed at the end of the same century. The name of the Convent Courtyard comes from the Convent of the Holy Spirit, which settled here in the 14th century.
Today, the Riga Porcelain Museum is located in the Convent Courtyard, where visitors can learn about Riga's history of porcelain production. The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design resides on the Skärnu Street side of the courtyard. Its exposition reflects the work of Latvia's leading decorative art and design artists.