Just by mere fact of its central location, presiding over the wide Dome square, the Dome Cathedral (aka St. Mary's) feels like Riga's main church. Like St. John's, the Dome was originally a home for an order of monks. The monastery and courtyard that was once attached have long gone, and since been replaced by the Museum of History and Navigation of Riga.
The Dome Cathedral is the largest place of worship in the Baltics
The foundation stone of the Dome was laid in 1211, when Bishop Albert had a great plan of building a church, a monastery, some more buildings.
Even though built in 1211, the inside is much later, dating to the 17th century. It has a huge Organ of 6768 pipes, that was built by a German company in 1844.
It's one of the biggest Organs in Europe.
The Romanesque Altar is the oldest part of the Cathedral.
Services are held in the Dome Cathedral, and so are organ concerts.
Entering Dome Square we can see big, gothic, old Riga Cathedral. It was built in 1211, mostly in the first years of Riga existence. It is the largest Cathedral in the Baltic States and was founded by Latvia's Teutonic conquerors.
The Cathedral was reconstructed few times; the tower became bigger after reconstruction in 1776. The very famous object inside Cathedral is organs; it was the biggest organs in the World once. For the entrance you need to pay 1 Lats (1,45 euros).
The first church at this site was founded in 1211 by Bishop Albert. It has since then been rebuilt many times and today you can see many different styles in the architecture. The Dome Cathedral is famous for its organ, which is the forth largest organ in the world. When it was built, in 1880, it was the largest one in the world. When I visited the part where the organ is was badly lit and it was difficult to see it in the dark. Sometimes there are concerts in the church. The Dome Cathedral is the biggest church in the Baltics.
Admission was 2.00 Ls (December2008).
The church is open for visitors between 10 - 18 on Saturdays - Thursdays. On Fridays it is open between 10 - 17. There is a mass every day at 8.00, except Sundays when the mass is at 12.00.
When you are in Dome Cathedral you can also visit the cathedral cloister and courtyard. In the gallery are a lot of different items on display. Among other things you can see the original weathercock from 1595. In 1985 a replica was put on top of the tower. There are also statues, cannons, cannonballs and more.
The Cross-Vaulted Gallery is open between 10 - 17 every day. The admission is the same as for the cathedral.
The Russian Orthodox Cathedral was constructed between 1876 - 1884. It is a light yellow church with several domes, with orthodox crosses on top. When the Germans occupied Riga they turned it into a Lutheran church and during Soviet occupation it was used as a planetarium and for scientific lectures. It has since then been restored and is now open for religious service again. The church is the largest Orthodox cathedral in the Baltic countries.
Riga Cathedral is the oldest building in Riga.
Since it's foundations were put in place in 1211, Riga Cathedral has been rebuilt several times.
In the 1930s houses around the Cathedral were demolished, there is now a square and a cafe/bar, a popular tourist area.
This cathedral was founded by Latvia's Teutonic conquerors in the beginning of the 13th century under the bishop Albert.
Thi church has become an icon of the Old Town of Riga and in the past centuries it has been destroyed and rebuilt several times, so presently it is a composite of different architectual styles.
The last reconstruction took place in 1776 the tower was raised to the height of 90mt, the organ was made in 1884, it was the biggest organ in the world comprised of 6'718 pipes!
The largest church in the Baltic countries stays a little in the shadow of St. Peter’s. Maybe, it is because it has not an elevator bringing you to the spire. However, it is not only the largest but surely one of the oldest churches in the Baltics. It was first built in the 13th century, but reconstrcuted duiring the following centuries. Today’s shape dates from the 18th century. The church is well known for its organ, which is said to be the fourth largest in the world. At least, it was the largest in the world at the time is was built with no less than 6718 pipes. A small entry fee (as of May 2007 something around 0,50 Lats) is required. At least, that’s cheaper than in St. Peter’s – and it isn’t that crowded.
Featuring a hodgepodge of architectural styles, the world’s fourth largest organ, and some wonderful stained glass, Rigas Doms would be well worth visiting even if it wasn’t the Baltic’s largest cathedral.
The Dome Cathedra is the largest house of worship in the Baltics. It is very large and imposing from the outside, but the inside is very barren. Apparently much of the buildings decorations were destroyed during both the Reformation and later in the Soviet Occupation. During the occupation it was used as a concert hall
The foundation to the largest cathedral in the Baltics was laid in 1211 by bishop Albert, who established Riga 10 years before that. During the times the cathedral has been destroyed, rebuilt and it's architectural style altered. Lots of its decoration was burned during the reformation in the 16th century. The last major reconstruction of cathedral took place in 1776 when the bell tower was raised to its present height of 90m.
The cathedral is quite well know for its huge organ from 1884, concerts are held frequently.
It was the first church I visisted which also has a kid's corner with blankets, cushions and toys.
Admission to the cathedral is 1,50 LVL
The foundation stone of the Dome was laid in 1211, when Bishop Albert had a great plan of building a church, a monastery, some more buildings to present the power of Catholic church in Riga.
Its present appearance is a result of impact of numerous architectural styles during centuries. The oldest part, built in the manner of Romanesque, is the Altar. Gothic style has left its influence on the development of Basilica, Baroque has changed the Dome Spire to present state, by the way, the height of the spire is 90 m, as well as the Easter Pediment. The pseudo-gothic Western Entrance was built in the second part of the 19th cent. (architect J.Felsko). Then stained-glass panels were placed in the windows also.
The Dome Cathedral is famous for its organ, constructed by a German company "E.F.Walker & Co" in 1884. The reconstruction of it was carried out by the Dutch company "Flentrop-Orgelbow B.V.-Zaandam".
Now the services are held in the Dome Cathedral, as well as you can enjoy the organ concerts there.
The Dome Cathedral was founded in 1211 by the Bishop Albert who wanted to make it a stunning building so as to show the power of Catholic church. Of course the central element was the massive dome surmounting it.
The Dome Cathedral has changed its look a lot in the centuries, because of several add-ons. The altar is Romanesque, the facade Gothic and the Dome Spire is Baroque.
Today the Cathedral is most famous for its organ and its perfect coustic - in fact very often you can attend amazing organ concerts. Ask the tourist office for the program.
This is the largest cathedral within the whole of the Baltics. The walls are a staggering 2 metres thick. It has been destroyed and rebuilt several times but was founded in 1211. There are mixtures of styles - romanesque, gothic, pseudo-gothic and baroque. One of the most spectacular sights in the cathedral is a huge organ which is one of the biggest in Europe (almost 7000 pipes).
The tower of the cathedral is 90 metres and from the top wou can get some magnificent views of the city. The bad news for me was that even at the top of the tower there was reception on my mobile phone and work managed to call me! There is a lift to spare you climbing hundreds of steps. By that stage we had climbed so many steps to high buildings that I was thankful for this luxury (usually I am not a great fan of lifts).
Admission fee: 1.5Ls (plus a fee for taking photos)
Open daily :09am - 6pm (5pm Wed & Fri)