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Riga - The Cathedral


The Cathedral is one of the city symbols, and one of its most ancient buildings. It was founded in 1211 by the Archbishop Albert, but very few is known on the early phases of its construction. What is certain, is that the original structure was built in Romanic style, simple and plain. At the beginning of the 15th century the construction was enlarged, with the addition of the west cross nave and the side chapels.

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The walls of the tower and the pyramid-shaped spire were also started in this period. The cathedral maintained this aspect until 1547, when a severe fire destroyed the spire. The baroque tower as we know it today was built in 1775 upon the will of the city council. Further adjustments and embellishments followed in the successive centuries.

Address: Doma Laukums
Opening hours for visit:
1st May-30th September all days from 9 am to 18 pm, except on Wednesday and Friday, from 9 am to 17 pm
From 1st October to 30th April all days from 10 am to 17 pm

Access to the Chapel of Prayer is possible during the above mentioned hours.




What to visit in Riga


» The castle

» The Cathedral

» The Three Brothers

» The Central Market

» The palace of the Large Guild and the Small Guild

» The House of the Blackheads

» Art Nouveau District

» St. Peter Cathedral

» Museums

» Surroundings

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