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Riga Cathedral, Riga

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At Riga Cathedral, see the famous Dome organ--the largest organ in the world at the time of its construction in the late 19th century. Bishop Albert of Riga built the church in the 13th century as archbishop's seat. The rooster on the top of the Baroque clock tower is a guardian of the Christian faith. The largest medieval church in the Baltic states, its appearance has changed many times. Walk around the cloisters to see the original foundations. The church also serves as a concert hall and showcases internationally renowned choirs. Add Riga Cathedral to your Riga travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Riga trip itinerary site.
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  • This is a good Cathedral to visit whilst in Riga, it has lovely stained glass windows and a stunning organ. You can experience the pleasant and calming atmosphere which is a true representation of.....  more
    This is a good Cathedral to visit whilst in Riga, it has lovely stained glass windows and a stunning organ. You can experience the pleasant and calming atmosphere which is a true representation of.....  more »
  • A simple, quite empty church with a beautiful and huge organ and a couple of nice wood sculptures. The associated cloister is terrible: dilapidated and with a few artifacts (canons (!), stones... 
    A simple, quite empty church with a beautiful and huge organ and a couple of nice wood sculptures. The associated cloister is terrible: dilapidated and with a few artifacts (canons (!), stones...  more »
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  • 12.00pm daily there is a 20 minute mini organ recital with a talented organist and her assistant. This organ is very beautiful to look at, let alone listening to it being played. It was fascinating to watch the stops being pulled out ahead of each piece to be played and the 4 tiered keyboard, let alone the leg work involved to play the bass notes. Really worth finding the time to walk around and then to chill and listen to a recital.
  • The cathedral is old and it looks old. It needs a lot of money to bring it back to full glory. You can fill spirit of past times especially in cloister. To me this church was completely different I have ever seen, probably because it is in state needing renovation. It is a shame that this beautiful building looks like it looks but hopefully in near future it will be possible to admire it in full beauty. Entrance fee is €5 worth or not but supporting the cathedral is really good idea. The cathedral is housing one of Riga symbols - The Rooster. In my view it is a must when you are visiting Riga. Next door there is a museum devoted to Riga history, worth visiting too.

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