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St. Mary's Dome Cathedral

Doma Laukums 1, Riga 1050, Latvia
+371 67227573
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Ranked #11 of 80 Attractions in Riga
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
Owner description: First completed in 1270 as a bishop's cathedral, this magnificent building features a large organ...
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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.

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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

The building is very fine - unfortunately some of its grandeur is lost at present as the organ is being refurbished. The entry fee of 3 Eu is a bit steep - Why not go to an evening concert here, enjoy the music and see the Cathedral as part of the experience.

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

We bought a ticket for the concert of St. Lucia. During the beautiful and well organised event we listend in a fully booked church to the music and a speech of representitives of the council. No doubt, I will book again for an other concert.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Beautiful church ... with a very special and unique energy. We have heard a wonderful choir there. It was excellent. It's a place that must be visited in Riga.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Built in 1211 the Riga Dom grew to become the largest cathedral in the Baltic States. You can easily spot it amongst the town's other churches by the clocks in its tower. This is handy if you have just arrived from Estonia, the two countries are an hour apart, as I discovered thanks to this church. Entry is €2.85 or... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

This church, like so many others in Latvia, has shuffled between the two main divisions of the Christian Faith in the Western World, depending upon which was winning the War of Religions at the time. Built originally in the 13th Cent., it is the largest mediaeval church remaining in the Baltic States, and now serves as the city’s Lutheran Cathedral.... More 

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Cambridge
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Impressive exterior, although the interior of this Lutheran cathedral is, as you'd expect, rather austere. The organ, said to be the largest in Europe, is undergoing restoration. There is a charge for entry but I can't honestly say it was worth it. My companion, who has visited Riga many times, says it is worth visiting the cathedral for a concert.... More 

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Haderslev, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

For some reasons my kids like to visit churced quiet a lot and they liked this one. To me it was not the biggest expireince in Riga. But the Church has a little patio that is nice

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Kristiansand, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Went to attend the Sunday service. Warmly welcomed. Fantastic organ, probably one of the best in Europe!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Impressive. Note Lutheran churches charge a fee for entry. Try to catch a concert here. Once the organ is completely redone, it will be among one of the very best.

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Sarasota, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

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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