"THE CATHEDRAL" Riga Cathedral Tip by Sininen

Riga Cathedral, Riga: 34 reviews and 74 photos

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      Lantern in the cathedral
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      Rose window
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      Pulipit of the cathedral
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To enter the cathedral (Doma katedrăle). I had to pay the entrance fee of 0,50 lats and 2 lats (one lat is 1,4 euros) for taking photos. Latter I though was quite expensive, but what I could do. They began to build the cathedral in 1211, when the country was catholic. Building it took such a long time that the styles and materials changed over the years. Because of the lack of money they were only able to afford to build one steeple instead of planned two. The tower was burnt in 1547 and in 1595 a new one of 140 m tall was built. It was replaced in 1776 by a 90-meters high steeple, because the structure of the old steeple was getting rotten and they didn?t want any more accidents after the steeple of St. Peter?s church collapsed and 8 people were killed. In the reformation the Dome became Lutheran, like most churches in Latvia, and lost its original name St. Mary?s. The Dome is under decorating and many parts of it cannot be visited, but what I saw was really beautiful and solemn. The organ of the dome is world famous (they say) and very beautiful indeed. I also loved the colourful leaded windows, altar and the ceiling. In the hall there?s huge chandelier, which I found very pretty.

Address: Doma Laukums, Cathedral square

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 13, 2005
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