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St. Mary's Dome Cathedral

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Address: Doma laukums 1, Riga 1050, Latvia
Phone Number: +371 67227573
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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First completed in 1270 as a bishop's cathedral, this magnificent building...

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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It's Lutheran, not catholic

Interesting for its stained glass. Don't think I have ever seen Martin Luther in stained glass biblical scene before. And yes it is much more plain than many other Catholic... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Interesting for its stained glass. Don't think I have ever seen Martin Luther in stained glass biblical scene before. And yes it is much more plain than many other Catholic churches, because it is a Lutheran church. Situated on a town square. Worth a quick look if you enjoy viewing churches.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Riga guide book informed me that Saint Mary’s has several names, including Riga Cathedral, Dome Cathedral and Evangelical Lutheran Cathedral. It is one of Latvia’s most recognizable landmarks. Confused at first, I thought I was at the wrong location. There’s no traditional dome. That word is a tautology as the German word ‘dom’ means cathedral, significant in that this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful square in front of the Dome. During Xmas fantastic lights and a warm and friendly Christmas market. After shopping dont forget to take a good look at the Dome.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a very beautiful Cathedral. And i also liked very much the opportunity to light a candle inside. Walking around inside it was a breathtaking view. I would really recommend a visit here, even if youre not a very religious person. Im not, and i enjoyed the architecture and all of it very much! ❤

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I would save your €3 TBH. The interior is not particularly impressive save for the Gothic ceiling. The most impressive bits are the old stone tombs, which I took a few photos of because they are huge. The cloister is peaceful and picturesque but I have seen far more impressive across Europe.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This Catherdral would be of interest to people interested in the history of Riga but if you've been to Rome, Paris or even St Pauls and are looking for a stunning church then walk past as the inside is a bit disappointing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

St. Mary's Dome Rigas Cathedral was the archbishops residence! The sound blends beautifully with the impeccable acoustics of the space.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We attended the beautiful Lutheran cathedral for service and later on a organ concert. We didn't understand the sermon or readings, but enjoyed the music and the order of communion service. Afterwards we toured the sanctuary, took pictures of the beautiful carvings windows (note Martin Luther) and Tombs. From the sanctuary we walked through the passage to the cloister which... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Its ok for the 3€ entrance, but there is not much special on the cathedral. Parts are currently under renovation, like the vast pipe organ.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited the cathedral twice. My first trip was to sightsee. It's an impressive cathedral, with a nice interior and pretty courtyard. I spent about 10 minutes there. But the real reason to come is to hear an organ recital. It's one of the world's largest organs and the sound is utterly magnificent! On my second trip, I heard a... More 

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