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St. Mary's Dome Cathedral

Doma Laukums 1, Riga 1050, Latvia
+371 67227573
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Ranked #13 of 90 Attractions in Riga
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
Owner description: First completed in 1270 as a bishop's cathedral, this magnificent building features a large organ (circa 1884) that boasts 6,768 pipes, making it one... more » Owner description: First completed in 1270 as a bishop's cathedral, this magnificent building features a large organ (circa 1884) that boasts 6,768 pipes, making it one of the biggest in the world. « less
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Sarasota, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Plain, but serene. Go if there is an organ concert, otherwise can be on your "if I have the time" list

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

This really is a grand old dame, sitting quietly for centuries. The central cathedral feels welcoming even with her old musty smell. Then move outside and walk around the cloisters to see the 11th century foundations and more modern alterations of the ensuing eight centuries.

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Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Fantastic organ recital at 1200 hrs The building is very large with a huge pipe organ. Beautiful stained glass windows

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York, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Now, the cathedral is worth a visit. Got to do it - you're in Riga. Beware of concert. Seats were 15 euro and singer with lovely voice was out of sight of the audience. She was good but we may as well have listened to radio 4. What puzzled us even more were the more and less expensive seats?! Nobody... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is a pretty building which can be seen from throughout Riga. The interior is nothing particularly special and can be missed if you want to save yourself the 3 EUR entry fee.

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Monterrey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

As part of our tour we entered the Cathedral. The church is not very decorated, but there was an organ concert. It was amazing. Everyone was quiet for 30 minutes and enjoyed the beautiful music.

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North Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This church is hundreds of years old and while the many changes to it over the centuries have resulted in an unassuming exterior the interior has attractive carved features as well as large Stained windows. The big draw however, is the organ mentioned by others. It is HUGE and the the tone is WONDERFUL !! It's a five hundred year... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

There are many reasons to visit this cathedral: famous organ music, interiors and the fact that you can hardly miss this building as it is situated in the very heart of the Old Riga.

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Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

It's all about size when visiting this church. Both the outside and inside say I'm BIG. Inside there are some works of art which deserve a look, but the best experience here is to attend an organ concert. The organ, considered among the largest in the world, can shake the domes and walls of this edifice.

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We make it a practice to visit the old churches and cathedrals in the cities we visit, so we popped into this one. Perhaps it's because of the Soviet desecration of the space and removal of all religious ornamentation, but there really is not much to see here. A nice, large, old space is about it. Yes, there is a... More

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