Riga Cathedral
Riga Cathedral
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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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  • lizzie53
    274 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice surprise concert
    Lovely gilded red brick building in a sunlit open square, which also contains Latvian Radio, and the Stock Exchange, plus interesting public art, and children's play area. Lutheran Cathedral and relatively plain interior, except for beautiful pulpit, and the most amazing organ case. I was lucky enough to be there for a lunchtime organ concert on the superb 4-manual instrument. Nice peaceful cloister at the back of the Cathedral.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 21, 2023
  • ElaineAndGreg
    Chesterland, Ohio3,037 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Certainly Worth a Visit When Touring the Old Town: See and Hear the Organ
    Riga Cathedral is a site in its own right, but I think it is better seen as a part of touring Riga's fun and beautiful old town. It is steps away from other notable structures and I would include it as part of a walking tour or exploration of the old town, along with the many other attractions that include the House of the Blackheads, the Occupation Museum, the cat house, and several other churches. In any case, Riga Cathedral is hard to miss in central Riga. We visited twice, once to view the building and the other to hear the magnificent organ. At least during the time we were in Riga, they had daily 20-minute organ concerts with a noted organist at noon. They are short, lasting only 20 minutes or so and cost 10€. It’s well worth it. Even if you don't stay for the music, take a look at it at the back of the church as it is large and attractive. The church interior is not particularly ornate, but it is attractive. You should also take a walk around the cloisters. Many churches in Riga have roosters on their spires rather than crosses. From outside, they look roughly life-size, but they have one of the originals on display here, and it is more like 4 or 5 feet tall. The use of roosters may have been a pagan throwback. One side is painted black and the other gold so that merchants would know which way the wind was blowing (and the likely level of shipping commerce that day). Walk around outside. There are whimsical statues of a dragon, a horse, and an armadillo. Our advice would be to explore the old town, but time your visit so you can enjoy the organ concert.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Lily M
    Colorado1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful visit to Riga Cathedral
    Wonderful visit to Riga Cathedral. €5 entrance fee and well worth it. Arrive just before 12pm to be treated to an impressive 20 m performance on one of the largest pipe organs in the world.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Merrowmum
    Guildford, United Kingdom1,284 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    The organ is worth seeing
    Unfortunately we weren’t able to visit at the time of one of the daily concerts (3pm) but the organ is well worth seeing anyway. Otherwise the exterior of this cathedral largely impresses more than the plain interior, with the exception being the large, ornately carved pulpit and the attractive stained glass windows. The cloisters are an added feature but are pretty standard for these things.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Mark T
    Aberdeen, Washington2,834 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    beautiful medieval church in Riga
    one of the oldest and largest churches in the Baltics was built in 1211 by Livonian Bishop Albert. The church's pipe organ.is a major draw.Admissionn was 10 euros. the admission includes a midday organ concert that lasted 20 minutes as well as being able to tour the church
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 30, 2023
  • chrissieb94
    Dorset, United Kingdom2,096 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Majestic Cathedral
    This is the Cathedral Church of St Mary and is the Evangelical Lutheran seat of the Archbishop of Riga. It is known as the Dome Cathedral and was built in 1211. It is the largest medieval church in the Baltic states. During Soviet occupation it was used as a concert hall as religious services were not allowed. It has been restored since and reopened for services in 1991. Unfortunately we did not have time to view inside.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 4, 2023
  • GaryBrazel
    Brooklyn, New York536 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not the most impressive Cathedral
    As Cathedrals go this one is rather spare. Apart from the impressive organ, the pulpit and a carved wooden Blackheads structure, there isn't much to see. I'm not sure it's worth the €5 Euro entrance. Although you could see it by going to an organ concert.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 16, 2023
  • Anfield123
    London, United Kingdom77 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tranquil with lots of history
    Very nice tranquil place lots of history. The organ was amazingly beautiful. Lots of stain glass. Printed Guide was useful but not much detail A number of places has additional history that you could read
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 27, 2023
  • Ida Heiseldal
    Fredrikstad, Norway63 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful cathedral in the old town.
    This is a beautiful cathedral, located in the middle of the old town of Riga. I came to visit during Christmas, and right by it, is the adorable and charming Christmas market as well. It is a very beautiful church, and equally beautiful on the inside. Worth a visit.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written January 6, 2024
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ElaineAndGreg
Chesterland, OH3,037 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Riga Cathedral is a site in its own right, but I think it is better seen as a part of touring Riga's fun and beautiful old town. It is steps away from other notable structures and I would include it as part of a walking tour or exploration of the old town, along with the many other attractions that include the House of the Blackheads, the Occupation Museum, the cat house, and several other churches.

In any case, Riga Cathedral is hard to miss in central Riga.

We visited twice, once to view the building and the other to hear the magnificent organ. At least during the time we were in Riga, they had daily 20-minute organ concerts with a noted organist at noon. They are short, lasting only 20 minutes or so and cost 10€. It’s well worth it. Even if you don't stay for the music, take a look at it at the back of the church as it is large and attractive.

The church interior is not particularly ornate, but it is attractive. You should also take a walk around the cloisters.

Many churches in Riga have roosters on their spires rather than crosses. From outside, they look roughly life-size, but they have one of the originals on display here, and it is more like 4 or 5 feet tall. The use of roosters may have been a pagan throwback. One side is painted black and the other gold so that merchants would know which way the wind was blowing (and the likely level of shipping commerce that day).

Walk around outside. There are whimsical statues of a dragon, a horse, and an armadillo.

Our advice would be to explore the old town, but time your visit so you can enjoy the organ concert.
Written July 5, 2023
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Coryy20
Port of Spain, Trinidad4,837 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
This church is a bit jumbled between other buildings but the tower can be see before the church.. so follow the tower to find it.
It is a really a lovely church and also has a view worth visiting. The best time is in the morning when there are people visiting.
The view from the tower of the city of Riga is absolutely beautiful
Written June 29, 2020
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Mark T
Aberdeen, WA2,834 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
one of the oldest and largest churches in the Baltics was built in 1211 by Livonian Bishop Albert. The church's pipe organ.is a major draw.Admissionn was 10 euros. the admission includes a midday organ concert that lasted 20 minutes as well as being able to tour the church
Written August 30, 2023
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Merrowmum
Guildford, UK1,284 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Unfortunately we weren’t able to visit at the time of one of the daily concerts (3pm) but the organ is well worth seeing anyway. Otherwise the exterior of this cathedral largely impresses more than the plain interior, with the exception being the large, ornately carved pulpit and the attractive stained glass windows. The cloisters are an added feature but are pretty standard for these things.
Written July 31, 2023
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Beatriz M
Düsseldorf, Germany5,710 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I did not go inside but I am glad that I did not miss the cathedral, there are multiple squares in Riga Old Town, for example, one closer to the river is the one with the famous House of the Black Heads while the square with the Cathedral is a bit more further inside and hidden since the Cathedral is not really that large. Ah, cool is the statue of an armadillo climbing the stairs on the side of the cathedral. No idea why but it is there.
Written March 1, 2020
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Lily M
Colorado1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Wonderful visit to Riga Cathedral. €5 entrance fee and well worth it. Arrive just before 12pm to be treated to an impressive 20 m performance on one of the largest pipe organs in the world.
Written July 24, 2023
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Maryke T
Sheffield, UK85 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Other than the organ and solidarity with ukraine posters there was little to indicate this was still home uo a worshipping community. Suggest admin compare their tourist literature with the Lutheran cathedral in Visby, which was in contrast so welcoming.
The cloisters were noce, but otherwise it feels as if the Russian occupation still impacts the spiritual ilpact of this building despite 30 yrs of independance.
Written September 6, 2023
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lizzie53
southampton england274 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
Lovely gilded red brick building in a sunlit open square, which also contains Latvian Radio, and the Stock Exchange, plus interesting public art, and children's play area. Lutheran Cathedral and relatively plain interior, except for beautiful pulpit, and the most amazing organ case. I was lucky enough to be there for a lunchtime organ concert on the superb 4-manual instrument. Nice peaceful cloister at the back of the Cathedral.
Written May 21, 2023
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chrissieb94
Dorset, UK2,096 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
This is the Cathedral Church of St Mary and is the Evangelical Lutheran seat of the Archbishop of Riga. It is known as the Dome Cathedral and was built in 1211. It is the largest medieval church in the Baltic states. During Soviet occupation it was used as a concert hall as religious services were not allowed. It has been restored since and reopened for services in 1991. Unfortunately we did not have time to view inside.
Written September 4, 2023
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GaryBrazel
Brooklyn, NY536 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
As Cathedrals go this one is rather spare. Apart from the impressive organ, the pulpit and a carved wooden Blackheads structure, there isn't much to see. I'm not sure it's worth the €5 Euro entrance. Although you could see it by going to an organ concert.
Written September 16, 2023
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